Former Attorney General (AG), Martin Amidu has described former National Security Coordinator, Lt. Col. Larry Gbevlo Lartey as an “opportunist par excellence.”
According to Amidu, Gbevlo Lartey’s recent attacks on his person over his revelations on the Woyome judgement debt saga and his dismissal from government, shows that the latter is trying to win the favour of the President and the government.
“If you want to carry favour with the President and the government so that they can rehabilitate you, go ahead and do that but don’t use me. This is opportunism par excellence,” he said.
Gbevlo Lartey on his Facebook page last week stated that Amidu’s claims that he was removed as AG because the government opposed his suggestion to make Betty Mould Iddrisu a prosecution witness in the Woyome case are untrue.
He said: “…that is not a statement of fact for those who witnessed the episode that led to the firing of Martin… Dissemination of a fact accessed by such privilege of office is not for me a task at own volition… Truth stands – suffice it to say that the statement amounts to stating falsehood.”
Responding to Gbevlo Lartey on the Citi Breakfast Show on Monday, Martin Amidu said he has not broken any law by making a public disclosure on the true reasons he was dismissed from government.
“The letter I copied to Gbevlo Lartey is not classified. I am only being circumspect in asking them to publish it,” he said.
He explained saying, “between the government of the day and the constitution of the Republic of Ghana, when the government is committing crime, the cabinet is making decisions which are inconsistent with the constitution; every Minister has the responsibility first and foremost to the constitution of Ghana and not to the President.”
“The moment you are acting unconstitutionally, Article 2 gives every citizen the right to challenge it and Article 3 mandates me as a citizen of Ghana to prevent the cabinet of which I am a member from contradicting the constitution and acting inconsistently with it,” he added.
He argued that he is an experienced lawyer who has been practicing law since 1978 and “even served as Deputy Attorney General for more than 12 and a half years and I was Attorney General” therefore, he knows the law.
He thus challenged any individual who wants to prosecute him for defending the constitution to go ahead “and we will see the results.”
On his alleged dismissal
Mr. Amidu explained that the court has ruled that he was wrongfully dismissed he had reached an agreement with the government that all parties involved will not discuss the issue; an agreement he has adhered to until Gbevlo comments.
Here are experts from his interview on the Citi Breakfast Show
“We went to court, we reached summons for direction, admissions had been made, the government decided that they would want to settle with me. It took almost a year for the settlement for be reached and entered as a consent judgment. The settlement takes what the government has admitted and what has been filed which is a consent judgment.”
“In that settlement, it clearly shows that my dismissal was wrongful…but for Gbevlo and others saying that I was dismissed, we had agreed that I would keep my mouth over this matter so I have kept quiet.”
“It is six months since the High Court entered the judgment and I have been quiet but they are continuing. That is why I don’t want to reveal what it is but if you go to the consent judgment, I did nothing wrong. It is not for me to release it. Those who are talking, the Attorney General should release the settlement.”
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By: Efua Idan Osam/citifmonline.com/Ghana