Petition against me immoral – Amidu

Former Attorney General and Minister of Justice Martin Amidu has dismissed as “immoral” the petition demanding for his suspension from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The National Executive Committee of the NDC was petitioned Tuesday to take disciplinary action against the former Attorney General for dragging the party’s image into disrepute.

The petition filed by two party members Lawyer Evans Amankwah and Abigail Elorm Mensah argued that Mr. Amidu “with exceptional determination and consistency and through many publications and other actions, conducted himself in a manner that has:

  1. Brought and continues to bring the Party into disrepute and public ridicule contrary to Article 46(8) of the Party’s constitution; and
  2. Weakened Party unity and cohesion contrary to article 45 of the party’s constitution.”

Also, the petition stressed that the posture of the man christened citizen vigilante is “carefully designed to expose the Party to public hatred, ridicule and opprobrium and to lower its reputation in Ghana and elsewhere.”
Hence, accordingly, we wish the Executive Committee of the Party to take steps to bring disciplinary actions against the Accused,” the petition added.

In his reaction, however, Mr. Amidu said in his latest write-up that , “I consider it immoral that Evans Amankwah and Abigail Elom Mensah who were reported on the internet on the evening of 8th August 2017 to have petitioned on 7th August 2017 to the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress under Article 45 of the NDC Constitution to take disciplinary action against, me, Martin A. B. K Amidu pursuant to Article 47 thereof choose to publish their petition to the press to court cheap popularity in the interim.”

“One of the petitioners shamefully described himself on the published petition as Lawyer Evans Amankwah 2016 Parliamentary candidate Adansi Asokwa. “Lawyer” is not a title which anyone will use to describe himself unless that lawyer has no confidence in his abilities to allow the public to recognise him by using that salutation when referring to him.

“Therefore, I was not surprised when Evans Amankwah and his co-petitioner refused or failed to realise that the NDC Constitution itself recognises that it is inferior to the 1992 Constitution and does not abolish the right of NDC members to exercise their supreme rights as citizens of Ghana to defend the 1992 Constitution against acts of NDC members and Government and even against the NDC Constitution itself when it is inconsistent with and in contravention of the said national Constitution,” he added.

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