Amidu defends Nana Addo on judgment debt payment

General News of Tuesday, 22 December 2015


Martin Amidu SmileMartin Amidu

Anti-corruption campaigner, Martin Amidu has jumped to the defence of the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo on the payment of judgment debt in 2002.

Nana Addo was cited in the Sole Commissioner’s report for contributing to the payment of an additional $4.5million in judgment debt to Delta Foods Limited.

Delta Foods sued the state for failing to pay it after it supplied 21,000 tons of American white maize to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in 1997 on the behest of government.

Though the court ordered government to settle the company, the amount was paid in the year 2000.

Delta Foods later dragged government to court again to demand for interest payments in excess of about $4.9 million.

Nana Addo who was the Attorney General at the time, is said to have advised government to pay the said amount.

However, the Judgment Debt Commission said Nana Addo burdened government with the huge debt due to an unnecessary application he filed at the Supreme Court.

The Commission called for further investigation into the matter and recommended sanctions for officials whose negligence contributed to the payments.

Former Attorney General, Martin Amidu in his recent epistle said it is clear that the NDC government is “acting mischievously to politicize the excellent work of the Sole Judgment Debt Commissioner by connecting the NPP’s Attorney-General who merely paid upon the consent judgment the Supreme Court had refused to quash by certiorari during the NDC 2 Government as a means of aborting the further investigations ordered by the Commissioner.”

“It was also clearly setting the grounds for unwarranted political electioneering attacks on Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who had become the Presidential candidate of the NPP for the 2016 elections against President Mahama.”