Alhassan Suhuyini, MP for Tamale North

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale North has stated that the Special Prosecutor’s comment against former President John Mahama in the Airbus scandal is out of bitterness.

Alhassan Suhuyini said considering the powers vested in Martin Amidu’s office, it is very ridiculous for him to have requested that the NDC flagbearer presents himself for interrogation at his own will.

“Isn’t is ridiculous? I have reservations even approving him as member of the Appointments Committee and my reasons were simple; I did not think he was incompetent – maybe he is – but I did not think he was unqualified because he’s been a lawyer of long standing.

“But I also have reservations because I thought he was being led by unhealthy emotions,” he said on JoyNews’ AM Show yesterday.

His comments came after the Special Prosecutor dared Mr Mahama to show up in his office for interrogation over his alleged involvement in the Airbus saga.

Mr Amidu dared the former President to “man up, wise up and be brave enough” to come with two lawyers of his own choice to be cautioned and interrogated by his office if he has nothing to do with the Airbus scandal.

Mr Mahama had earlier questioned the inclusion of Airbus scandal investigations in Mr Amidu’s findings on the Agyapa Royalties agreement.

According to him, the inclusion of the development which is currently a subject of investigations is a clear attempt by Mr Amidu to offset the potential damage against government after the Corruption Risk Assessment went public.

In the findings submitted to President Akufo-Addo, the Mr Amidu went beyond the Agyapa deal to reveal that the NDC flagbearer is the mysterious ‘Government Official 1’ whose “brother is Samuel Adam Mahama” cited in the Airbus probe.

Following this claim, John Mahama described Martin Amidu as a coward and further said the development was unfortunate.

“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.

Suhuyini’s response

However, reacting to the back and forth, Alhassan Suhuyini said it is clear in the SP’s works and his write ups that he is full of vendetta.

He added that judging from the Special Prosecutor’s past stance on issues, it was obvious that he was going to allow emotions to cloud his judgements on corruption cases.

And this “was going to make it risky for anybody he had personal issues with.”

On whether the former President made Mr Amidu bitter, Mr Suhuyini explained that, “there’s nothing to suggest so; that the former President in any way made him bitter.

“Some people just go through life with their own issues, and sometimes when you become a victim of their bitterness and vendetta, you may not even be able to explain why and how you became a target of that,” he added.

“And we pray and hope that he finds healing in somewhere for whatever is worrying him,” he said.