Peace Council Job Agalga never lobbied Rev. Martey - Interior Ministry

A statement from the Interior Ministry said “Hon. James Agalga could not have 'lobbied' Rev. Prof. Martey to take up the position of Chairman of the Peace Council in view of the fact that he not clothed with such power in view of the law.”

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The Interior Ministry has denied claims by the former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana that he was approached by the Ministry to chair the National Peace Council.

The former Presby Moderator, Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey revealed last week that when the Christian Council nominated him to be on the Council, he had second thoughts about the position.

“So I told God about it. I don’t do anything without first consulting my friend the Holy Spirit. Few days to the inauguration of the Peace Council, I had a missed call; I didn’t know the person so I didn’t call back. So the person sent a text message, it was the Deputy Minister of Interior, [James] Agalga. So immediately something said call so I called back. He was then at the house so he came out,” Rev Martey added.

READ ALSO: I discuss issues, not names – Prof Martey

“First I said, ‘yes, this is the Rev. Prof. Martey, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana,’ but you know something, the Holy Spirit blinded his mind so he didn’t even hear that it was the Presby Moderator who was talking to him. The Holy Spirit wanted him to tell me what he has for me, to help me decide whether or not to be a member of the Peace Council. He said he had a meeting with the Minister of Interior and they both agreed that I become the Chairman of the Peace Council,” he said.

James Agalga, Deputy Interior Minister play James Agalga

 

However, a statement from the Interior Ministry said “Hon. James Agalga could not have 'lobbied' Rev. Prof. Martey to take up the position of Chairman of the Peace Council in view of the fact that he not clothed with such power in view of the law.”

Below is the full statement from the Interior Ministry:

REV. PROF. EMMANUEL MARTEY DECEIVES THE PUBLIC ON 'OFFER' TO CHAIR NATIONAL PEACE COUNCIL

The Ministry of the Interior has been following, with keen interest, wild allegations by Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Martey on various media platforms that the Deputy Minister of the Interior, Hon. James Agalga, in consultation with the Minister of the Interior, offered him the position as Chairman of the National Peace Council.

According to Section 4 (2) and (3) of the National Peace Council Act, 2011, Act 818 the position of the Chairperson of the Peace Council is elective, that is, only members of the Board can elect one of their members as the Chairperson.

Hon. James Agalga could not have 'lobbied' Rev. Prof. Martey to take up the position of Chairman of the Peace Council in view of the fact that he not clothed with such power in view of the law.

As provided by the National Peace Council Act 2011, Act 818, members of the Board of the National Peace Council are nominated by -
(a) various religious bodies

(b) two persons nominated by the President

(c) two other persons nominated by identifiable groups (d) one representative of the National House of Chiefs.

Rev. Prof. Martey was nominated by the Christian Council of Ghana as a member of the Board in April 2016. Later, the Ministry was informed by a letter from the Christian Council about the decision to withdraw the nomination of Rev. Prof. Martey and the subsequent replacement by Rev. Dr. Adu Gyamfi.

The Ministry wishes to assure the general public that the National Peace Council is a credible institution constituting highly respected eminent persons duly nominated and elected by following the due processes provided by the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana.

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