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We passed Martin Amidu before his vetting – Mahama Ayariga

February 14, 2018 12:23 PM
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We passed Martin Amidu before his vetting – Mahama Ayariga

The Minority in Parliament, has explained that contrary to suggestions that officials of the former administration are scared of the Special Prosecutor nominee, they are rather supportive him, and so they even reached a decision to pass him before Tuesday’s vetting.

Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show, MP for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, said, even before the vetting by Parliament’s Appointment Committee, they had collectively agreed to pass Martin Amidu.

According to him, the NDC is very much interested in dealing with corrupt persons within the party and cannot be scared if the new government has to do same.

“I mean the NDC is bigger than any single person who might have committed an offence in the NDC regime, we saw it in NDC, some ministers were arrested, they were trailed, went to jail, it did nothing to NDC, the rank and file re-mobilized, chose new leadership, fought and recaptured power,”he said.

He noted that, the minority will subject Mr. Amidu to scrutiny from every angle to make sure he delivers on all his responsibilities as a Special Prosecutor.

Martin Amidu on Tuesday, February 13, faced Parliament’s Appointments Committee in what could probably be the longest ever parliamentary vetting session in the 4th Republic.

The Special Prosecutor nominee responded to over 180 questions from all members of the committee in the over 7-hour long session.

The National Democratic Congres (NDC) minority asked the most questions; 75% of all questions asked, with the caucus’ leader, Haruna Iddrisu, being individual who asked the most number of questions.

Most of the questions focused on past statements and articles Martin Amidu had written. There’s however a pending suit at the Supreme Court by NDC member and former Deputy Attorney General Dominic Ayine, challenging Amidu’s nomination.

He argues that Mr. Amidu, 66, has passed the age that requires him to serve in that office.


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