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Opinions of Saturday, 3 December 2016

Columnist: Abass, Tonduogu Musah

Ghanaians must heed to Martin Amidu's advice on Woyome saga

By Tonduogu Musah Abass

No one can dispute the fact that the former Attorney-General and Anti-corruption campaigner, Martin Amidu, is a very patriotic citizen and a true statesman of this country.

Mr. Amidu, since 2014 has tried his best to get back our GH¢ 51.2 million which was wrongfully paid to businessman, Woyome, in 2010 by the governing National Democratic Congress(NDC). But all Mr. Amidu's attempts have proved futile despite a favourable judgement by the Supreme Court in July, 2014 ordering the state to retrieve the cash.

Martin Amidu continued with his case and fight to get back our monies from Woyome and the NDC government by applying to the Supreme court in November this year. The court accepted his request and after hearings expressed their disappointed that the state had not made any serious attempt at retrieving the amount. Mr. Amidu won the case to orally examine Woyome and the 24th November, 2016 was the date the court set for a showdown between Amidu and Woyome. Almost every patriotic Ghanaian was very happy with this judgment and highly anticipated the interrogation.

Notable among them was the Editor in Chief of the New Crusading Guide, Abdul Malik Kweku Baaku. Just as we were waiting for the interrogation, Woyome filed another lawsuit at the Supreme court preventing Amidu from cross examining him. Mr. Amidu was served with Woyome's writ on the very day of the hearing. He was ambushed and picked unaware.

It will be interesting to note that a day before the scheduled date for Amidu's cross examination, Amidu expressed doubt that the highly anticipated interrogation will come off. To buttress his point, he stated unequivocally that; "The conduct of the President convinces me as a senior and foundation member of the governing NDC, that he would do everything in his power to ensure that the examination, orally on oath of the lootee for whom his government looted the the public purse, may not come on 24th November, 2016.... Mark my words". He made this statement in a five page letter or epistle as we may call it.

The former Attorney-General who introduced words like 'gargantuan" into Ghana's contemporary political vocabulary further described Woyome as a lootee and the Mahama led NDC government as "constitutionally incompetent" because he has failed to stick to his sworn oath to uphold the 1992 constitution.

Apparently, it is quite obvious that every average minded Ghanaian can argue that the besieged businessman could have revealed politically explosive information during the cross examination that could destroy the President's very narrow chances on reelection come December 7, 2016. Moreover, the government's reluctance in retrieving the cash and its reactions after the the November 16 ruling tells us that the Mahama led NDC government smelt the rat vis-a-vis the entire issue.

The only realistic option therefore left for Ghanaians to get back their money wrongly given to Woyome is to vote out this very incompetent, corrupt, clueless and uncaring NDC government.

Ghanaians then have a golden opportunity to bring in Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, a man of vision, integrity and competence. Nana Addo is above all incorruptible. A NPP government led by Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo and Dr. Bawumia will bring this county back to life. Even though Martin Amidu has filed another application at the court still praying the court to throw out Woyome's application and have Woyome cross examined, the easiest and best option is to use the democratic means, thus, through the ballot box.

However, if voters wish a doomed future for this county, they should vote for this very incompetent, uncaring and corrupt NDC government again. Ghanaians must heed to the advice of former President J. J Rawlings who recently said, "I believe that if we bring on board people who have not compromised themselves, people who have not allowed themselves to be corrupted by patronage or money, we could be doing better than what is going on, or what we are doing".

With barely a few days to the polls, I humbly appeal to all Ghanaians to come out in their numbers and vote massively for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the NPP.

Fellow Ghanaians, let's kindly Vote for change!!!
Let's Vote for a brighter future.
Let's vote for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the NPP.


Writer's e-mail: tonduogu@gmail.com