We won’t respond to corruption claims by Martin Amidu – Office of the Speaker

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We won’t respond to corruption claims by Martin Amidu – Office of the Speaker

The Office of the Speaker of Parliament says it will no longer respond to the former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, regarding his corruption claims.

According to the office, the allegations made by Mr Amidu are unfounded and untrue.

This was after Mr. Amidu in his write-up, called out the National Democratic Congress (NDC), its 2024 flagbearer, national chairman and the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin.

“Asiedu Nketiah and John Mahama, did your self-confessed corrupt Speaker of Parliament not meet the President in Dubai in 2021 before he returned to Parliament to turn a closed eye to his own determination that rejected the 2022 Budget Statement ad Economic Policy of Government?

“Did you not see, observe, and read the reaction and excitement amongst your Minority Leader and his team after meeting the President on 20th May, 2024,” he wrote.

However, the Speaker of Parliament denied the allegations that he had a meeting with President Akufo-Addo in Dubai in 2021, before the rejection of the 2022 budget.

He, subsequently, gave Mr Amidu seven days to retract and apologise, but Mr Amidu disregarded the Speaker’s request.

But speaking to JoyNews, the Chief of Staff at the Office of the Speaker, Kofi Attor, clarified that there is no truth to the allegations made by the former Special Prosecutor.

He also insisted that Speaker Alban Bagbin has never “self-confessed” to be corrupt.

“He’s my comrade, and though I don’t like some of his write-ups, I wish that in one of them, he would just be straightforward because the write-ups are sometimes very lengthy.

“Did he give an example of where he (Speaker said he was corrupt), because I didn’t read it and I wanted to see that example.

“Then I will go and ask the Speaker, ‘When did you acclaim yourself to be corrupt? Is it inferred from something you had said or something you had done?’” he said.

Mr Attor noted that he had known the Speaker of Parliament for years and could affirm that he was not involved in any corrupt practices.

“I can vouch for Mr Speaker. I have gotten closer to him now, even more than before. He has always been my friend, but I’ve come to known him better now as a Speaker, because I’m his Chief of Staff, and this idea of corruption—I haven’t seen it.”

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