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We won’t respond to Amidu again, says Eugene Arhin

The Communication Director for the President, Eugene Arhin, says the Presidency has ceased forthwith any public exchanges with Martin Amidu

The Director of Communication at the Office of the President, Eugene Arhin, has served notice the Executive will not engage in any public banter with former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, again.

In a Facebook post, Arhin said the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, is busy with his campaign to secure a second term and would not be distracted by Amidu’s resignation and allegations.

“The statement put out by the Secretary to the President, Nana Bediatuo Asante, which was addressed to the former Special Prosecutor, Mr Martin Amidu, will be the ONLY statement from the Presidency on this matter.

“The President is focused on delivering on his mandate, and securing #4MoreToDoMore on 7th December,” Arhin stated.

Resignation accepted

President Akufo-Addo on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Amidu.

A statement signed by Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, chief of staff, said: “This is to acknowledge receipt of your letter, dated 16 November 2020 (Ref: OSP/2/AM/14), addressed to the President of the Republic conveying to him your decision to resign from office as Special Prosecutor, which he has accepted.”

“The President has taken due note of the other matters raised in your letter, the Government will issue a statement responding to them in due course,” the statement said.

President Accepts Amidu's resignation

 

Amidu resigned Monday (16 November) as the Special Prosecutor after over two years in office.

Claim of interference

In a letter to President Akufo-Addo, Amidu suggested that the president has not been able to ensure his independence and freedom of action.

He said, “My position as the Special Prosecutor has consequently become clearly untenable.”

Amidu said his decision is to enable his appointing authority “to take steps to appoint a replacement to that position as required by law.”

“This is to inform the public that I resigned from my position as the Special Prosecutor of the Office of the Special Prosecutor with immediate effect upon the submission of my letter of resignation with reference number OSP/2/AM/14 dated 16th November 2020 which was received at the Office of the President at 15:15 HRS this afternoon,” he said in his letter to the president.

“The one condition upon which I accepted to be nominated as the Special Prosecutor when you invited me to your Office on 10 January 2018 was your firm promise to me that you will respect and ensure same by your Government for my independence and freedom of action as the Special Prosecutor,” Amidu’s letter said.

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