Martin Amidu, a former minister of justice and attorney general, has made startling accusations against President Nana Akufo-Addo, charging that he has used pledges of a free and fair internal NPP flagbearer contest for his own political advantage.
Martin Amidu claims that he questions the president’s commitment to upholding the party’s democratic procedures.
Amidu recently highlighted his dissatisfaction with the lack of seriousness behind Akufo-Addo’s earlier guarantee of an open internal election in a statement.
He emphasised that the pledge was only a planned action and was not meant to be carried out in reality.
“By now, every rational and unbiased Ghanaian should be aware that Nana Akufo-Addo’s earlier pledge for a free and fair internal NPP flagbearer contest was made for political expediency and was not intended to be kept in mind when it was carried out.
Amidu said, “It is regrettable that so many Ghanaians, including myself, have been misled by his outward display of seriousness and seeming sincerity, only to realise after the fact that not everything that glitters is gold.
There is now cause for concern over the destiny of the nine presidential contenders contending for the NPP’s flagbearer post in the internal primaries set for August 26, 2023, and November 4, 2023.
The fact that Amidu claims the President and party leaders have set the deck against these candidates, who are devoted to democratic representative systems and have much to give the country, means they will have a difficult time winning.
Amidu further asserts that the President and other establishment leaders favouring Dr. Bawumia have already breached the NPP Constitution, demonstrating a disregard for the party’s guiding ideals.
“They have therefore committed their fortunes to participate in and contest a free and fair election to choose the leader of their political party at the 2024 presidential election only to discover that the cards were stacked against them by their own president and party executives.
By endorsing Dr. Bawumia, the President and other members of the establishment have already broken the NPP Constitution. Therefore, the claim that the current method was implemented in 2014 is unfounded because the NPP was in opposition and there was no chance of an incumbent advantage or presidential overreach at that time.
Amidu also asked rival political parties to pay close attention to how the NPP manages its internal primaries as they get ready to run in the December 7, 2024, presidential election.
He thinks the procedure may be a hint of what would happen during the national elections, underlining the need of opposing political parties being vigilant to maintain justice and credibility in the voting process.