Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has described Special Prosecutor Nominee, Martin Amidu as a person with an exaggerated sense of self-worth.
According to him, the former deputy Attorney General comes across as an egoistic person, adding that such posturing is not good for a person going to occupy an office as a Special Prosecutor.
Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa was commenting on the nine(9) hour vetting of Mr Amidu by the Appointment’s Committee of Parliament on Tuesday where the latter was subjected to a grueling question and answer session.
The MP who’s a member of the Appointment Committee quoting from page 465 of a book authored by former Attorney General, Obed Asamoah under who Mr Amidu worked titled “Political History of Ghana 1950-2013, the Experience of a Non-Conformist”, asked the latter what he made of a damning verdict passed on him by his former boss when his choice as a running mate to candidate Mills was described as “unproductive move” and a candidate who will not be beneficial to the ticket.
In response, Mr Amidu known for being blunt said “Mr Chairman in the first place Dr Asamoah is not my boss, he did not pay my bills through the law school. He was called to the Bar, I was called to the Bar. He didn’t appoint me Deputy Attorney General, I was appointed Deputy Attorney General before he came there and I served under Aikins, Nana Tandoh, Mr Forson came for six months before he was asked to act, and we are colleagues. Except that he was Attorney General and I was the deputy and therefore I knew my place and worked with him, that doesn’t make him my boss. You’re reading a self serving book, in which he wanted to be the Vice Presidential candidate, he was by-passed, the Presidential candidate saw his deputy more competent and excellent than him.”
But speaking to Fiifi Banson on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa FM Wednesday, condemned the ‘super man’ mindset of Mr Amidu.
“The way he was speaking and said Dr Obed Asamoah was not his boss because he didn’t pay his school fees, that attitude is not the best. If you look at the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, he’s going to be working under a Board, he’ll also be accountable to the Attorney General. So if you have this mindset that your are a super man, there’s nobody who’s your boss probably except ex President Rawlings. The energies of the Special Prosecutor, his deputy and staff must be channeled towards preventing and fighting corruption, there should be no energies left for matters dealing with egos and peoples special preferences, we don’t need that.”