Former President John Mahama has described the Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu as a coward after labelling him as Government official 1 in the Airbus saga.
According to the former President, Mr. Amidu mentioned him in his analysis on the Agyapa deal for equalization purposes especially when the two issues were unrelated.
The Special Prosecutor, in his corruption risk assessment of the controversial Agyapa Royalties deal, raised issues regarding the contract among which Mr. Amidu stated that consultations over the agreement were not comprehensive and innovative enough.
He further disclosed that the selection and appointment of advisors for the agreement did not meet the “fundamentals of probity, transparency and accountability.”
Mr. Amidu then chipped in a paragraph on the Airbus saga where he had referred to a presidential candidate as being the Government Official One.
But, while addressing a gathering at the University of Ghana, Mr. Mahama challenged the Special Prosecutor to be bold enough and do a report on Airbus as he stands ready to react to it.
“They say investigate Agyapa, present a report on Agyapa, you’ve investigated Airbus, present a report on Airbus but on the Agyapa report you know it will be damning for this government, you go and put one paragraph about Airbus, nobody asked you about Airbus if you are a man enough present Agyapa and do a report separate and then I come as a man and answer you on Airbus.
“If you think that I’m indicted on Airbus, accuse me directly but because he is a coward and he knew that Agyapa was going to be discussed today, so put a paragraph on Airbus to equalise the discussion; what kind of stupidity is this?,” Mahama fumed.
The NDC flagbearer had earlier called on President Akufo-Addo to order the complete withdrawal of the Agyapa Royalties deal and dismiss the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta.
According to the former President, the damning report by the Special Prosecutor does not bode well for the Finance Minister and dents the reputation of his government if he fails to relieve him of his job.