OSP impeachment trial: Franklin Cudjoe slams Akufo-Addo for his ‘petition double standards’

President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has been accused of bias by Franklin Cudjoe, President of IMANI Africa, a policy think tank.

In a Facebook post on Friday, May 17, Mr. Cudjoe claimed that the President has refused to forward at least three petitions against a former Chief Justice and the current Electoral Commission (EC) to the Chief Justice, as required by law.

This is in contrast to the President’s swift action on a petition against the current Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyabeng, which was forwarded to the Chief Justice with urgency.

The petition against Mr. Agyabeng was filed by his predecessor, Martin Amidu, who alleged procurement breaches.

Mr. Cudjoe’s post has sparked a heated debate, with some supporting his claims and others defending the President’s actions.

The development comes at a time when Ghana’s democratic institutions are facing scrutiny, and the President’s handling of petitions has become a contentious issue.

Background

In a petition dated April 30, 2024 addressed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu accused his successor, Kissi Agyabeng, of misbehavior involving judges and the administration of justice and claims that there were procurement violations in the Office of the Special Prosecutor’s (OSP) vehicle purchases.

Mr. Amidu alleges that the OSP has improperly appointed individuals, violated his right to information, and violated his citizens’ rights through arrests and detentions.

The impeachment procedure seems to be connected to Mr. Agyebeng’s press conference, where he asserted that judges were plotting against him.

According to Mr. Amidu, these comments denigrate the judiciary and amount to abuse of judges.

Also, Mr. Amidu claims that by making arrests, the Special Prosecutor violated the rights of people like Prof. Frimpong Boateng and Cecilia Dapaah.

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