The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has expressed shock over the resignation of the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, almost three years after coming into office.
The ruling party said he missed “the golden opportunity of establishing a brand-new effective agency, having had the best part of three years to demonstrate and cement his undoubted anti-corruption credentials in doing so”.
Mr. Amidu in a letter dated November 16, 2020, resigned from his position as Ghana’s first Special Prosecutor.
He attributed his resignation to the traumatic experiences he went through after releasing the findings of his corruption assessment report on the Agyapa Royalties deal.
According to him, he had received death threats after submitting a copy of the report which among other things described databank, an investment company owned by the Minister of Finance as a decoy for the Imara investment company, the transaction advisor for the Agyapa deal.
He accused the presidency of interference and an attempt to make him a poodle
But reacting to his resignation, the NPP insisted the Special Prosecutor since his assumption of office had been given the needed support from the presidency.
“Mr. Amidu has not resigned because any investigation of his has been interfered with by the Presidency or any member of the government.
“Since 2018, he has been offered all the room and support he needed by law and mandate and every money he has requested to set up an entirely new institution, which comes with its own challenges, and to operate the Office independently and efficiently. No political office holder has interfered in the administration of that Office, the statement said.
The party has, therefore, urged the government to accept Mr. Amidu’s resignation and find a replacement.
“The NPP urges H.E the President to accept the resignation of the Special Prosecutor and initiate processes to find a successor to continue the sensitive and important job of realising the true ambit of the powers of the OSP in order to ensure the success of the fight against corruption” part of a statement signed by its communication director read.