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Martin A.B.K Amidu

Martin A.B.K Amidu

Ghana's Tenacious Anti-Corruption Crusader

1993

Political Background
08 January 1993

Political Background

Martin Amidu's journey in public service began with his involvement in Ghanaian politics. Hailing from Ghana, Amidu later became an essential member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). He served as Deputy Attorney-General during the Provisional National Defence Council military government and continued in this role after the establishment of civilian rule in January 1993.

1999

The Woyome Scandal: Introducing 'Gargantuan' into the Political Lexicon
08 July 1999

The Woyome Scandal: Introducing 'Gargantuan' into the Political Lexicon

Amidu's pivotal moment came when he exposed the infamous Woyome scandal, a financial misappropriation case that threatened to be Ghana's worst fiscal scandal at the time. The scandal involved illegal payments made to businessman Alfred Woyome. Amidu's audacity in confronting this issue earned him praise and criticism alike, as he fearlessly called out the wrongdoings, coining the term 'gargantuan' to describe the magnitude of the scandal.

2000

The Deputy Attorney-General and Presidential Running Mate
08 July 2000

The Deputy Attorney-General and Presidential Running Mate

Amidu's dedication to public service extended beyond the judiciary. In the 2000 presidential elections, he served as the running mate of John Atta Mills under the NDC banner. Despite their efforts, they were unsuccessful in their bid to secure the presidency, and President John Kufuor emerged victorious.

2010

Minister of Interior and Attorney-General
08 January 2010

Minister of Interior and Attorney-General

Over the years, Amidu continued to climb the political ladder. He was appointed as Minister of Interior in January 2010 after a cabinet reshuffle. Some questioned his neutrality in handling the Bawku conflict due to his Builsa background, but he successfully navigated parliamentary vetting and assumed the role. Subsequently, he took on the role of Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, further solidifying his position as a key figure in Ghanaian politics.

2012

Controversial Dismissal and Legal Battle
09 January 2012

Controversial Dismissal and Legal Battle

Amidu's principled stance against corruption did not sit well with everyone. In January 2012, President John Evans Atta Mills relieved him of his Attorney-General post, citing alleged misconduct during a meeting at the Osu Castle. Amidu made allegations regarding financial impropriety by another cabinet minister, and when asked to substantiate them, he faced dismissal. However, Amidu didn't back down; he challenged the legality of payments related to the Woyome scandal at the Supreme Court. The court ruled in favor of Amidu, ordering Alfred Woyome to refund the money to the state.

2018

Nominated as Ghana's First Special Prosecutor
08 July 2018

Nominated as Ghana's First Special Prosecutor

In 2018, Amidu's unwavering commitment to fighting corruption led to a historic moment in Ghana's political history. President Nana Akufo-Addo nominated him as Ghana's first Special Prosecutor, tasked with combating corruption in the newly created Office of the Special Prosecutor. Amidu's nomination garnered significant attention, and he was officially sworn into office in February 2018, vowing to fight corruption without fear or favor.

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