I recommended Amidu as SP – Appiah Ofori
Former Member of Parliament (MP) for Esikuma-Odobin-Brakwa, Paul Collins Appiah Ofori has said he personally recommended the appointment of former Attorney General, Martin Amidu, as Ghana’s first Special Prosecutor.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday, 11 January 2018, named Mr Amidu as the Special Prosecutor subject to parliamentary approval.
The Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo, nominated Mr Amidu and his nomination was accepted by Nana Akufo-Addo.
Reacting to Mr Amidu’s appointment on the Executive Breakfast Show (EBS) on Class91.3FM on Friday, 12 July, 2018, Mr Appiah Ofori who lauded Mr Amidu’s appointment said he recommended him for that role.
“When Akufo-Addo decided to appoint a Special Prosecutor, I came out to propose Martin Amidu. My reason was this, at the time he was the Attorney General in the NDC regime, he did not spare NDC when it came to corruption, he did not spare NPP, he did not spare any political party so I saw him as a a person who was fair. Whether you are NPP, NDC, PNC, PPP, whatever you are, once you have committed an offence of corrupt practice, Martin Amidu will deal with you. And that’s the only way to be able to fight corruption in the country so that the president can access enough funds to prosecute his agenda for the benefit of the younger ones yet unborn,” he told show host Moro Awudu.
Asked how he made the recommendation, Mr Appiah Ofori said he sent a proposal in writing to the office of the president to that effect.
Mr Amidu if approved by parliament will carry out the extraordinary responsibility of independently fighting corruption.
He will have the full authority to initiate investigations into all suspected corruption-related offences of all persons in public service.