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General News of Friday, 24 May 2019


Baako suspects Amidu of pursuing a personal feud with Ayariga’s prosecution

Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako

The Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Junior suspects Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu, is pursuing a personal vendetta against the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku central constituency, Mahama Ayariga thereby dragging him before court on various charges.

He wondered why of all the cases lined up by the Office of Special Prosecutor to ensure that current and former appointees of the Akufo-Addo’s government and erstwhile Mahama administration count for their stewardship, Mr Amidu decided to single out Mr. Ayariga for prosecution.

According to him, there are pressing cases in which persons and appointees perceived to be engaged in corruption should be arraigned before court or should attract the attention of Mr Amidu.

Mr Baako recalled that Mr Amidu during his vetting publicly displayed his sentiments towards Mr Ayariga and how he will not sleep until he goes to jail.

The senior Journalist subtly said Mr Amidu is capitalizing on the fracas between him and Mahama Ayariga to pin him down through his position.

In an interview with Good morning Ghana sighted by, ’Interesting, I only pray, sometimes it’s so difficult making some statements in the public space because you may be misunderstood or misrepresented. I can sense that there is a certain feud between Martin Amidu and Mahama Ayariga. .. because if you go back to the vetting of the Special Prosecutor, and something that happened, you may be able to understand this point I’m making. I’m careful how I articulate this matter because I could be wrong, somebody will say look at the bare facts of the case, perhaps my instincts may be wrong. I rest my case,’ he sighed.

Martin Amidu has sued Mahama Ayariga for evading tax on imported Toyota Landcruiser vehicles and illegal dealing in foreign exchange without a license.

The lawmaker is said to have transferred GH¢6,000 instead of GH¢36,000 to an agent in Dubai.

On his part, the National Communications Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi described the decision by Mr Amidu to hunt down Mr Ayariga as much ado-about nothing.

‘The NDC stands by Mahama Ayariga and we know that he will be vindicated, he should channel his energies to other serious cases,’ he said.

Mr Amidu has released about 26 cases his office is investigating.

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