Mr Samuel Abu Jinapor, a
deputy Chief of Staff, has explained that President Akufo-Addo never considered or approached Professor Henrietta Mensah Bonsu, to take up the job of the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) as speculated .
“Some individuals have sought to make the claim or the suggestion that President Akufo-Addo did approach Professor Henrietta Mensah Bonsu to serve as the chairperson of the Electoral Commission," Mr Jinapor said via telephone interview whilst contributing to discussions on Joy FM's news analysis programme, Newsfile on Saturday.
“Let me state Sampson [host of newsfile], that I have been very much involved in the processes, deliberations, consultations and all that to get us to the point of
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Mr Jinapor continued, “Prof Mensah Bonsu is somebody I know quite well, my lecturer at the Faculty [of Law, University of Ghana] and also at the Graduate School, and she really is somebody who is a very competent woman of enormous integrity and indeed, Akufo-Addo did nominate her to be appointed as a judge of the International Criminal Court, because she is a woman of astute qualities and competence and integrity but the fact remains that she was never considered, she was never approached and her name never came."
Asked if she was above the job, Abu Jinapor said, “well, we never contemplated it, it was never discussed.”
Did Akufo-Addo do
Asked if he thinks some of his pronouncements in giving the clarity in the matter lend themselves to a question about the claim that President Akufo-Addo did broad consultations, whether indeed that happened when he had admitted that the President day one had settled on Jean Mensa.
In responding Jinapor said: “the President engaged in broad, quite consultation in respect of what his thinking was and a view that others would have about his thinking or the direction that he intended to go, and that was the consultation."
He reiterated that for instance former chair of the EC, Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan and many other people were consulted.
Council of State response
Mr Jinapor confirmed that the Presidency has received a response from the Council of State on the nominations but said he cannot go into details as of now.
"We have received communication from the Council of State," he said.
The claim about Prof Mensah Bonsu being approached and declining had been published by some media houses with the explanation that she had a problem with the manner Mrs Charlotte Osei was removed.