President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo promised to separate the Attorney General’s office and the Ministry of Justice if he was voted into office. He also promised to create the office of a special independent prosecutor to handle cases of graft.
The position of Attorney General is one that is dear to the president-elect (a constitutional lawyer himself) as he served in that office under the erstwhile John Kufuor administration before he was moved on to become the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Pulse.com.gh has been looking at the five most likely people to become the next Attorney General.
1. Gloria Akuffo
Gloria Akuffo is favourite to become the next Attorney General after she was appointed as the head of legal affairs for the transitional team. She served as the deputy Attorney General when the president-elect held the office. She would be the third woman to hold the office and continuation of National Democratic Congress’ legacy of appointing female lawyers to the post. During the 2012 election petition, Akuffo was the spokesperson for the plaintiff and rose to become a well-known face in the media.
2. Philip Addison
After an unsuccessful bid to become the Member of the Parliament for Klottey Korle Constituency, Lawyer Philip Addison would be consoled if he manages to clinch the position of Attorney General. He is a notable lawyer and was lead counsel for Nana Akufo-Addo’s election petition case after the disputed 2012 elections.
3. Nii Ayikoi Otoo
The office of Attorney General is not new to Ayikoi Otoo as he occupied it under the erstwhile Kufuor administration. Some of his high-profile cases include defending NPP executives Kojo Owusu Afriyie (alias Sir John) and Hopeson Adorye at the Supreme Court after they were cited for contempt during the famous election petition case. In October 2016, he successfully defenced Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom after the Electoral Commission disqualified him from the presidential race.
4. Samuel Atta Akyea
Atta Akyea is the Member of Parliament for the Abuakwa South Constituecy, taking over after the president-elect stepped down for fulfil is run for president in the 2008 elections. He has previously represented former president Jerry Rawlings and controversial self-styled pastor, Daniel Obinim.
5. Nana Asante Bediatuo
Asante Bediatuo has never held public office unlike most of the people in this list. He has however worked as a general counsel for Databank, one of Ghana’s biggest asset managers and represented a host of high-profile personalities including embattled media icon Kwasi Kyei Darkwah. He is also well known for being a metrosexual and an artist.