"I don't take awards"- Martin Amidu

By Maame Aba Afful
Special Prosecutor nominee, Martin Amidu

President Akufo-Addo's nominee for the Office of the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu has said that he has rejected several awards in his fight against corruption because he only seeks to serve the nation.

Responding to a question on why he had no records of Awards on his curriculum vitae while appearing before parliament's appointments committee on Tuesday, 13th February 2018, Mr. Martin Amidu disclosed that he never lobbied for any awards because his efforts to fight corruption were centered on rendering service to the nation and not for personal recognition.

According to the Former attorney general, he received several calls from Organizations and Individuals who sought to offer him awards, especially after his case against embattled businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome, and that of the Supreme Court, but he declined those honors.

“I never lobbied for it any award. In fact, people called me after my case in the Supreme Court and offered me awards. They have written to me and I have told them that it is not about Martin Amidu, it is about Ghana. Emulate what I am doing, but don’t give me an award.

“The government has not given me any award. I know people who took their law bar degrees from national awards, I’m not one such person,” he further stated.

Special Prosecutor Vetting

The Appointments Committee of Parliament is currently vetting President Akufo-Addo's nominee for Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu despite a lawsuit challenging his nomination as Special Prosecutor.

NDC MP Dr. Dominic Ayine sued the State, challenging the eligibility of Martin Amidu as the Special Prosecutor nominee due to his age.

The lawsuit, which was filed at the Supreme Court on Monday, February 12, 2018, did not place an injunction on the vetting process but is praying the court to annul the entire process if it finds merit in the case against Martin Amidu.

Dr. Ayine, who is the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Bolgatanga East, is praying the Supreme Court to halt the appointment because 66-year-old Amidu is gone past the retirement age for public office holders.