Former President John Dramani Mahama has said he and everyone else will be ready to support the Special Prosecutor if he fights corruption.
Speaking on Koforidua-based Sunrise FM during his thank-you tour of the Eastern Region on Tuesday, 12 October 2021, Mr Mahama said: “If President Akufo-Addo keeps exonerating his appointees engaged in corruption, the act will never stop”.
He added: “The government must take steps to stem corruption in the country”, adding: “We have a new Special Prosecutor. Looking at how he has started his work, we are all hopeful that he will fight corruption…and all of us will support him to do his work.”
Mr Mahama’s comments coincide with similar sentiments expressed by the main opposition National Democratic Congress’s Deputy National Organiser Chief Biney, who has given the strongest indication that the party’s confidence in the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has been reposed, stemming from Mr Kissi Agyebeng’s discontinuation of the tax evasion case filed by his predecessor against Bawku Central MP Mahama Ayariga.
According to Mr Biney, the SP’s move on the Ayariga case was an indication that Mr Agyebeng was really an independent person.
Mr Biney expressed the sentiment on Accra-based UTV on Tuesday, 12 October 2021.
The OSP, on Monday, filed a nolle prosequoi to discontinue the case, saying it would be a waste of the state’s time pursuing the matter further.
Mr Biney explained that the NDC, at a point, lost confidence in the OSP under the leadership of Mr Agyebeng’s predecessor Martin Amidu.
He said the posture of Mr Amidu while in office, was the cause of the loss of confidence in him.
In his view, the move by the OSP is an indication that Mr Agyebeng was not set out to vilify opponents of the governing New Patriotic Party.
“This is a strong indication that the OSP is for the good of all when it comes to the issue of fighting corruption, which keeps draining the state”, he said.
He said the posture of the OSP was commendable, adding that going forward, it will spur support from the NDC for his work