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General News of Friday, 20 April 2018


I’m not moved by Ayine’s suit – Martin Amidu

Former Attorney General, Martin Amidu, says he is unfazed by Dominic Ayine’s suit challenging his appointment as Special Prosecutor.

Speaking to the media after the Supreme Court had dismissed an application by the former Deputy Attorney General, seeking to file additional arguments to the case, Mr. Amidu said he is going ahead with his work despite the suit.

“I have nothing to lose..As Citizen Vigilante I was more lethal than now. I have been gagged for sometime. If the court decides that Mr. Amidu you step aside, fair enough. If it decides go ahead, I will go ahead,” he said. Dr. Ayine in his lawsuit contends that Mr. Amidu, at 66 years of age, is too old to hold the public office, under which the Special Prosecutor’s position falls.

He argued in his writ that, “any other interpretation would result in an unlawful amendment of Article 199 of the Constitution by legislation.”

Dr. Ayine is seeking a declaration that “by a true and proper interpretation of Articles 190(1)(d), 199(1), 199(4), and 295 of the 1992 Constitution, the retirement age of all holders of public office created pursuant to Article(1)(d) is sixty years, anyhow not beyond (65).”

Using the same sections of the constitution, he held that “no person above the age of 65 years is eligible for employment in any public office created under Article 190(1)(d).”

Dr. Ayine is thus seeking a declaration from the Supreme Court that Mr. Amidu, “is not qualified or eligible to be nominated as the Special Prosecutor under Section 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2018 (Act 959).”

‘Fear influenced suit’

Mr. Amidu further indicated that the suit was influenced by fear and panic from NDC officials.

According to him, some officials of the NDC in a bid to cover up their shady deals filed the suit in the name of Dr. Ayine.

“In my statement of second defendants’ case, I had said that this case against me is arising purely from fear and panic. The NDC, particularly, their former President John Mahama, and his cohorts fear I might look into the massive corruption that pervaded their government . The NDC thinks that by getting me out of it, even if they did something, nobody will investigate them, but I am not here to investigate parties,” he said.