President Akufo Addo has stated that if he indeed interfered in the work of the former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu as the latter claimed, he[President] would have asked him to interrogate the Presidential candidate of the opposition NDC party ex-President John Mahama over the Airbus bribery scandal.
Mr Amidu in delivering his report on the controversial Agyapa deal said Mr. Mahama has not been interrogated on the Airbus bribery scandal yet because he is a presidential candidate of the largest opposition NDC in the upcoming December 7 general elections.
“This Office has established the identity of elected Government official 1 to be former President John Dramani Mahama whose brother of the full blood is Samuel Adam Foster also known as Samuel Adam Mahama. The only reason the former President has not been invited for interrogation (in spite of all threats from some of his followers and lawyers) is the fact that he got himself insurance as the Presidential candidate of the other largest political party in Ghana and prudence dictated that the interrogation be held in abeyance during this election season.”
Mr Amidu who announced his resignation as the Special Prosecutor on Monday cited interference by the President as one of the reasons for quitting office.
But the Presidency in a statement signed by Nana Asante Bediatuo, Secretary to the President rubbished the immediate past Special Prosecutor’s claim insisting that if that were the case the President would have asked Mr Amidu to interrogate Mr. Mahama as that would have inured to him[President] politically.
“It must be emphasized that other than in respect of the Agyapa Report, you have never made any claim of interference in your work by the President. Indeed, even when you erroneously and without moral of legal basis decided to confer immunity from investigation and prosecution on the Presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, in connection with the infamous five million Euros Airbus Bribery affair, by refusing to investigate him on the clearly untenable grounds of his being a candidate for President, neither the President nor any member of the Executive challenged that strange exercise of your discretion. Surely, this was in furtherance of the protection of the independence of your office. It is stranger still that you would now suggest that the President, who some may argue, would have benefitted politically from the prosecution of John Mahama, has interfered with your independence by suggesting that you apply rules of natural justice to officials concerned with the Agyapa assessment.”