Martin Amidu

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Martin A. B. K. Amidu
Attorney General and Minister for Justice
In office
Jan 2011 – Jan 2012
President John Atta Mills
Preceded by Betty Mould-Iddrisu
Minister for Interior
In office
Jan 2010 – Jan 2011
President John Atta Mills
Preceded by Cletus Avoka
Succeeded by Benjamin Kunbuor
Personal details
Nationality Ghanaian
Political party National Democratic Congress

Martin A. B. K. Amidu is a Ghanaian politician. He was the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice from January 2011 till January 2012. He is the man, who introduced the word ‘gargantuan’, into the lexicon of Ghanaian politics, when he opened the can of worms about the Woyome scandal which was set to be the worst financial scandal in Ghana’s fiscal history at the time.

Deputy Attorney-General[edit]

Amidu served as the Deputy Attorney-General for about the last four years of the Provisional National Defence Council military government. Amidu is a member of the National Democratic Congress(NDC) After civilian rule was established in the Fourth Republic in January 1993, he continued to serve in the government of Jerry Rawlings as Deputy Attorney-General. This he did for both terms lasting eight years until January 2001.[1]

December 2000 presidential election[edit]

In the December 2000 presidential elections, he stood as the running mate of John Atta Mills. They both however lost to President John Kufuor that year.

Mills government[edit]

Minister for Interior[edit]

In January 2010, following a cabinet reshuffle, President Mills replaced Cletus Avoka with Amidu as the Minister for Interior.[2][3] As Amidu is a Builsa, some people raised questions as to his neutrality in dealing with the Bawku conflict.[4] He however went successfully through vetting by the Parliament of Ghana and has since assumed his post.

Attorney general[edit]

Following the second major cabinet reshuffle by President Mills, Amidu became the Attorney general and Minister for Justice of Ghana.[5]

Removal from Office[edit]

Martin Amidu was relieved of his post on Thursday January 19, 2012 by President John Evans Atta Mills under circumstances described by aids as 'his misconduct' at a meeting chaired by the president at the Osu Castle on January 18, 2012. He made allegations related to alleged financial impropriety on the part of another cabinet minister, allegations he was asked by the president to substantiate.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Martin Amidu responds to Frank Benneh's allegations". MyJoyOnline. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  2. ^ "President Mills reshuffles Ministers". General News. Ghana Home Page. 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  3. ^ "Reshuffle Blues: Sena Dansua Heads Sports Ministry.". General News. Ghana Home Page. 2010-01-26. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  4. ^ Daily Guide (2010-01-27). "'Martin Amidu Is Bad For Bawku Peace'". Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  5. ^ "Cabinet reshuffle: Zita dropped, Betty for education". Ghana Home Page. 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 

Martin Amidu on politics and ethnicity

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Party political offices
Preceded by
John Atta Mills
National Democratic Congress Vice presidential candidate
Succeeded by
Muhammad Mumuni
Political offices
Preceded by
Cletus Avoka
Minister for Interior
2010 – 2011
Succeeded by
Benjamin Kunbuor
Preceded by
Betty Mould-Iddrisu
Attorney General and Minister for Justice
2011 – 2012
Succeeded by
Benjamin Kunbuor