The Ministry of Interior has denied offering the position of chairman of the National Peace Council (NPC) to the outgoing Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rev Professor Emmanuel Martey.
He said the NPC was a credible institution, “constituted by highly respected eminent persons”, who are duly nominated and elected through due processes provided for by the Constitution of Ghana,
He explained that Rev. Prof. Martey was nominated as a board member of the NPC in April 2016 by the Christian Council of Ghana.
However, the Ministry was informed later through a letter dated June 30, 2016 from the Christian Council of Ghana that Prof. Martey’s nomination had been withdrawn and that Rev. Dr. Adu Gyamfi was to replace him.
From this explanation of the processes, Mr Bani said there was no way Mr Agalga could have ‘lobbied’ him [Martey] to take up the position of chairmanship of the NPC in view of the fact that he was not clothed with such power in view of the law.
According to the Interior Minister, section 4 (2) and (3) of the National Peace Council Act, 2011, Act 818 states that, the position of the Chairperson of the Peace Council was elective, that is, only members of the board can elect one of their members as the chairperson and not the Ministry of Interior.
Rev Prof Martey had alleged last week that some politicians had attempted to bribe him so as to make him go silent on national issues.