Martin Kpebu, a lawyer, has reaffirmed his plea for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to resign due to the deteriorating economic situation.
Martin Kpebu commented on a discussion on Joy News in Accra on the president’s speech on the economy on October 30. He said that the constitution specifically allowed for a president to resign.
He recalled how President Akufo-Addo made fun of the Mahama-led administration’s rate of cedi depreciation while he was in the opposition and said he would have quit if he had been in that position.
With the cedi trading at roughly GH15 to the US dollar six years into his own presidency, Kpebu claimed that the president ought to have kept his promise and resigned years ago.
“Let’s repeat with all the strength we can muster, the president in opposition said that this is a Guggisberg economy and that in 18 months, he was going to change this.
“Please, that hasn’t happened, and we are begging the president, in the name of God, there’s a place for honour. That’s why the (national) pledge that we use to say in school says that ‘I promise on my honour to be faithful and loyal’…honour, honour… I promise, on my honour, we are not just saying the letter of the word, but there’s a place even in our pledge for honour.
“You stated that one dollar is equivalent to three cedis, you would step down if you were the one. It has increased from $1 to roughly Gh4 or possibly Gh4.50 under your watch. He should have resigned years ago, as GH13 is currently the most benevolent. It is thus your own words, Mr. President. This is poetic justice, as a certain attorney once observed “said Kpebu.
Martin Kpebu expanded on his call for resignation, declaring that due to their combined management of the economy, Akufo-Addo and Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia must both step down.
According to him, this will legally allow Alban Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament, to serve as president for at least three months so that he can call fresh elections.