Amidu has no right asking how I spent GHC 51m - Woyome
The anti-corruption campaigner Martin Amidu has often indicated that Woyome spent the money with some bigwigs of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) hence their posture in oursuing the case.
Martin Amidu was expected to orally examine Woyome on Thursday (November 25) over the judgements debt. However Woyome filed an application seeking to stop Amidu from orally examining him.
But Woyome said on Accra-based Citi FM that even if his appeal is not granted Amidu has no right to ask him how he spent the money.
“Martin Amidu cannot question me on how I spent the GHc51 million because at the time that money was paid to me it was not declared by the law that it was unconstitutional, it was never declared like that.”
The anti-corruption campaigner Martin Amidu has often indicated that Woyome spent the money with some bigwigs of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC). He said this has caused the government of the day be laid back in pursuing the case.
He reiterated that “Martin [Amidu] can only question me after the judgment of the case about my ability because the judgment of the case never stated that I should say how I spent money. The judgment which was delivered by unanimous decision overturning the original judgment said that I should refund [the] money; nobody can import that aspect that I should explain how I spent my legally acquired fruit.”
Woyome was paid GH¢51.2 million after he claimed he had incurred losses for financially engineering 1.1 billion Euros for the CAN 2008 tournament and other government projects.
However, the Auditor-General's report released in 2010 said the amount was paid illegally to him.
The report resulted in a nationwide controversy, with operatives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who were in government during the CAN 2008 tournament claiming Woyome did no work to be paid that whopping sum of money.
The then Attorney-General, Joe Ghartey, said Woyome was contracted to help in raising money for the construction of the stadia but he failed to meet the deadline.
The then NPP government, he said, had no choice but to abrogate the contract with Woyome.
In 2009, when the NPP had left office, Woyome went to court and claimed that his contract had illegally been terminated and demanded a judgement debt from government.
The Attorney-General in Prof. Mills administration, Mrs Betty Mould-Iddrisu, who failed to defend the state, rather negotiated with Woyome for him to reduce his demand on the government.
Woyome then requested for GH¢51.2 million.
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