The National Organiser of the largest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joshua Hamidu Akamba says former Special Prosecutor, Martin Alamisi Burnes Kaiser Amidu betrayed him when he accepted to be Ghana’s first Special Persecutor from President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
In an interview monitored by MyNewsGh.com, the NDC leader said he was in talks to go to court, with Mr. Amidu as his lawyer when the law for the OSP was passed, because for him the office was not independent enough.
But I was shocked when Amidu surprisingly jilted him midway and went for the OSP job in which he was going to court to fight the ambiguities in the law.
‘‘When the law of the OSP was passed I wanted to go to court, my lawyer was Hamidu, because I was against that law and the manner in which it was passed, I wanted a special prosecutor who was independent and truly independent from the structures’’ he reiterated.
‘‘I wanted a referendum in appointing the OSP by that means no one has the authority to touch him or control him’’
‘I wanted that law to be done properly and my uncle Martin Amidu told me to wait and go to the publishing commission when the law is out purchase a copy and study it well, so we can persecute that agenda well’’
‘‘So while I was waiting and on my way to Fumbisi (North), then I heard he had gone to meet President Nana Addo and accepted the OSP job, I was shocked, so I called him and asked him uncle why did you do that? His response to me was you don’t throw the bad bathing water with the baby and that he is going to become the first special prosecutor”
‘Straight away, I said uncle you have betrayed me. Then I stopped calling him’’
‘‘I am for anything that fights corruption, but not the manner in which the Special Prosecutor was formed, which is somewhat controlled by the Attorney General’s office’’
Martin Amidu has since resigned from the OSP job citing amongst them interferences and corruption at the high office of government. In one of his epistles, Mr. Amidu described the sitting President, who appointed him as the mother serpent of corruption, adding that he cannot work with him.
He has since been an avowed critic of the Nana Addo administration, it is unclear whether he holds allegiance to the NPP or the NDC where he once was a card-bearing member in good standing.