Former Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu has described President Nana Akufo-Addo as a “mother corrupt serpent under the innocent-looking flower” for denying he ever interfered in his work as Special Prosecutor.
Mr Amidu resigned from his position citing interference from the President as the reason for his action.
In his resignation letter addressed to the President, the former Special Prosecutor disclosed that Nana Akufo-Addo wanted him to “shelve” the report on the Agyapa deal which said the Transaction Advisor(s) involved in the deal were susceptible to “nepotism, cronyism and favouritism”.
Mr Amidu said the President attempted to convince him to include a response from Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, in his report, which he declined because “that would have compromised my independence as the Special Prosecutor.”
But the president in a statement denied ever interfering with his job.
The President said he gave Mr Amidu all the assistance and independence he needed to execute his mandate.
Mr Amidu, however, in his latest statement insists the President wanted him to hold onto the report, hence his resignation.
The anti-corruption campaigner said: “I resigned my position as the Special Prosecutor because of the traumatic experience I suffered from the reaction of the President who breached his Presidential oath by unlawfully obstructing me from taking any further steps on the Agyapa Royalties Transactions from 20th October 2020 to 1 November 2020.
“When I met the President on 23rd October 2020, I received the shock of my life when he demanded that I took no further action on the Agyapa royalties transaction anti-corruption assessment report for another week. That was when it was divinely revealed to me that the President whom I trusted so much for integrity only looked like the innocent flower of anti-corruption but he was really the mother corruption serpent under the innocent-looking flower.
“The Holy Spirt embolden me to tell the President immediately in the face that I will not be the special prosecutor and that I was giving him notice of that fact.”
According to Mr Amidu, the Agyapa Royalties Transaction is suspected to have been “intended to rob the chiefs and people of Ghana of their patrimony as the beneficiaries of the gold extractive resources of our dear country in perpetuity for the benefit of a very few members of the president’s government as distinct from the New Patriotic Party.”