Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin has in a post on social media indicated that the Presidency will not release any statement on Martin Amidu’s resignation.
The post on facebook read: “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.”
A letter from the Presidency dated November 17, 2020 responded to several allegations by Martin Amidu who in his resignation letter accused the President and other government officials of interfering in the discharge of his duties hence his resignation.
Martin Amidu alleged that he was asked by the President to halt his inquiries into the deal to enable the President to “handle the matter” as alleged.
Portions of the President’s respond said: “At no point did the President ask you to shelve the report, so he could “handle the matter”. It is difficult to see in what way and in what context the President would seek to “handle the matter” when the matter was already public knowledge and had led to the Ministry of Finance suspending action on the Agyapa transaction in anticipation of your report”, the President said.
Among other things for which Mr. Amidu resigned, he cited interference by the government conducting a corruption risk assessment on the controversial Agyapa Mineral Royalties deal.
He said the reaction he received for daring to produce the Agyapa Royalties Limited Transactions anti-corruption report convinced him beyond any reasonable doubt that he was not intended to exercise any independence as the Special Prosecutor in the prevention, investigation, prosecution, and recovery of assets of corruption insisting that his position as the Special Prosecutor has consequently become clearly untenable.
But Nana Addo clarified that, at the meeting of 1 November 2020, he duly delivered to the Special Prosecutor the response of the Ministry of Finance to the allegations contained in the Agyapa Report but in what he described as a rather “dramatic turnaround”, Martin Amidu refused to accept the comments of the Ministry of Finance a situation he described as disturbing.