NDC sings for ‘coward’ son: Amidu Yɛnyɛ Wo Dɛn Ni, Woyɛ Buei!
In a blink of an eye, the man who was once despised by his own party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), former Special Prosecutor, Martin Alamisi Barnes Kaiser Amidu, has become the favorite son again.
Following the friction between Mr Amidu and the government, the former has now become the ‘lover boy’ of the NDC and the party is now singing an endless chorus for him.
Just yesterday, the party held a press conference in Accra to call for the protection of Mr Amidu, who had alleged that his life had been threatened.
At the press conference, the party’s National Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi said: “The NDC has been alarmed and appalled by revelations by Martin Amidu about threats of robbery, arson and death on his life, following the release of his corruption risk assessment report on the Agyapa scam.
“Martin Amidu at this point needs our collective prayer and protection against the vile threats directed at his life, since according to him, the sudden demise of Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings has removed the only protection he enjoyed from such threats and wicked plans”.
Mr Amidu, a former vice presidential candidate of the NDC, had be been vilified by the grassroots supporters of the party.
The leader of the party, Mr John Dramani Mahama also recently described him as a “coward.”
The basis for the criticism was that Mr Amidu had smuggled in, an observation about the unpopular Airbus scandal in his Agyapa corruption risk assessment report, in which he (Amidu) stated categorically that Mr Mahama was the Government Official 1, that a United Kingdom court referred to in the said case.
Commenting on the development at the University of Ghana recently, Mr Mahama described it as unfortunate, adding that “nobody asked you [Amidu] about Airbus. If you [Martin Amidu] were man enough, present Agyapa and do a report on Airbus separately. And I will come as a man and answer you on Airbus. If you think I’m indicted in Airbus, accuse me directly.
“But because he [Amidu] is a coward and he knew they were going to discuss Agyapa, he put a paragraph on Airbus to equalise the discussion. I mean what stupidity is this?” he said.
These wild descriptions, which NDC party communicators have been defending, were the latest among the many unprintable words that the party had used against Mr Amidu.
Even when his name was mentioned in 2018 as the Special Prosecutor, a member of the NDC sued to challenge his qualification, but eventually the court dismissed the case.
It would be recalled that when Mr Amidu, while in office, sought to investigate Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, the party again pounced on him.
Whereas many people commended President Akufo-Addo for appointing Mr Amidu to be the Special Prosecutor, the NDC had always maintained Mr Amidu was not independent. They claimed he was bitter with the NDC because of what happened in the past and that he was going to use the office of the Special Prosecutor to settle personal scores.
Even the founder of the party, before his demise, had lashed out at the NDC for not seeing the worth of Mr Amidu and allowing their rivals to come for him.
Speaking at the 39th June 4 revolution commemoration held at Madina, Accra on June 4, 2018,
He said: “When we had the chance, we made an outcast of our own, allowing our rivals to recognise the true wealth and offer him such a sensitive national anti-corruption role,” he fumed.
He added, “what does that make of us,” stressing that “if we forget to clean our house well and spend our energies only attacking our rivals, it will not portend anything positive to our future”.
Late President Rawlings at that event called on the youth of the NDC to strive to be different from the leaders of the party.