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I'II have nothing to win or lose when I appear before vetting committee-Amidu

Written by  Feb 12, 2018
Mr. Martin Amidu, the nominee for the Office of Special Prosecutor is expected to be grilled for hours by Parliament’s Appointment’s Committee tomorrow [Tuesday]. His vetting is expected to be the longest in history, Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak has hinted. The Minority had earlier promised to grill the former attorney general who fell out with his party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC). Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, asked the nominee to prepare himself for the ‘fire’ ahead of him tomorrow. He said the minority members of the Appointments Committee will undertake their constitutional responsibility of subjecting the nominee to scrutiny when he appears before it. But Mr. Amidu in a statement said he will personally have nothing to lose or win when he appears before the committee tomorrow. He also indicated in his statement that he would have been overwhelmingly endorsed through a national referendum but the Special Prosecutor Act (Act 959) gives the power to the Parliament of Ghana. He said: ‘’One thing I know from the outpouring of support for the President’s nomination of my humble self as the Special Public Prosecutor is that if the President’s wishes were put to a national referendum, all the 275 constituencies of the country will return an overwhelmingly positive endorsement for his choice. But the Office of the Special Public Prosecutor Act (Act 959) gives the power of approval to the Parliament and it is important that everyone complies with the Act and the instructions issued by the Committee for the public hearing. Only two outcomes are possible after the public hearing – to approve or disapprove the President’s nominee. Whatever the outcome, I will have nothing personally to win or lose. I accordingly urge every Ghanaian unable to attend the hearing personally to stay calm and await the outcome. I will forever remain grateful for the outpouring of support across the country on the occasion of the President’s announcement of my nomination for approval as Special Prosecutor,’’ he added.
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