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General News of Tuesday, 22 November 2016


Amidu’s call for change won’t affect NDC’s chances – Asiedu Nketia

The General Secretary of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said the call by former Attorney General (AG) Martin Amidu on Ghanaians to vote out President John Mahama will not affect the fortunes of the party in the December polls.

"If indeed Ghanaians would vote according to the advice of Martin Amidu, we (the NDC) would have won the elections in 2000 when he was running mate because at that time he was all over on platforms urging Ghanaians to vote for us," he said.

Mr Amidu in a press statement had indicated that only a new government could retrieve the GHS51.2 million judgment debt fraudulently paid to businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome.

He, therefore, called on Ghanaians to vote against President Mahama and the governing NDC in the December 7 polls.

“I am a senior and foundation member of the NDC, the governing party. But I am compelled to put Ghana first and to defend the 1992 Constitution by saying that the only way Ghanaians can have the Woyome/Austro-Invest joint loot refunded is to change the government that created, looted and shared the loot with them during the presidential election this year,” Mr Amidu said in the release copied to

“A new government will prosecute Woyome under Article 2(3) and (4) of the 1992 constitution for High Crime should he delay any further in refunding the unconstitutional loot. The new government will also enforce the Waterville judgment debt of over Euro 47million loot or prosecute it for High Crime,” he added.

But Mr Nketia has urged the supporters of the NDC to ignore the comments by Mr Amidu as he expressed a strong view that the appeals by Mr Amidu cannot influence the Ghanaian electorate.

For him, this was evident in the 2000 elections as the campaigns by Mr Amidu could not even secure a win for the party and his recent appeal is nothing to go by.

He fumed in an interview with Joy News on Tuesday, November 22: “They (the electorate) didn't vote for us.”