Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), says former Attorney General Martin Amidus position to
On October 31, 2016, however, Attorney General Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong went to court seeking to discontinue the case it filed about some weeks ago.
Convinced that government is not committed to retrieve the amount because of Mr. Woyome’s ties with the NDC, Mr. Amidu applied to the court to allow him to orally examine Woyome.
Mr Amidu had earlier told the Court that an opportunity to question the businessman will unravel how Mr Woyome spent the money paid him by government in 2010 for no work done.
The Supreme Court granted Martin Amidu's request to orally examine the businessman.
Dr Nduom in a statement said, "The Citizen Vigilante has assumed what can be described as a de-facto Independent Prosecutor/Counsel in the State versus Woyome case."
He added that "the Attorney General who should be acting in that stead is refusing to retrieve that colossal amount from Mr Woyome."
Below is Dr Nduom's statement:
Today former Attorney General, Martin Alamisi Amidu is justifting Dr Nduom’s position on how to deal with corruption in the country. The Citizen Vigilante has assumed what can be described as a de-facto Independent Prosecutor/Counsel in the State versus Woyome case. The celebrated lawyer is granted permission by the Supreme Court to cross-examine Mr Alfred Agbesi Woyome on why he (Woyome) should refund to the State GH52 million as ordered by the Supreme Court.
Could we have gotten to this level if we had an Independent Prosecutor as Dr Nduom has been advocating all these years?
Dr Nduom has been the only presidential candidate to have consistently called for the separation of the Attorney General’s Department from that of the Ministry of Justice. He says the Attorney General portfolio should be replaced with an Independent Prosecutor/Counsel? In the estimation of Dr Nduom; and rightly so, that is the only way to embolden and empower that individual occupying the position of Independent Counsel to deal with corrupt officials irrespective of their political affiliation/persuasion. Today the Attorney General who should be acting in that stead is refusing to retrieve that colossal amount from Mr Woyome. That obviously and predictably should be expected. How do we expect the Government lawyer who is also a member of the ruling party to retrieve the money from Mr Woyome? The two are political bed-fellows. Give Nduom the chance to let our institutions work. We don’t need an Obama to tell and show us how to use State institutions. There is already a thorough bred Ghanaian who consistently has been telling us to do so. Give Nduom a chance! Awake.