A Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Samuel Abu Jinapor has clarified that President Akufo-Addo never approached Professor Henrietta Mensah Bonsu for the position of chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC).
While explaining, Mr. Jinapor also said Mrs. Jean Mensa was President Akufo-Addo’s choice as a replacement for Mrs. Charlotte Osei. Mrs. Charlotte Osei left on grounds of incompetence and also stated misbehavior.
Mr. Jinapor further said via telephone on Saturday,
“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, and that Prof Mensah Bonsu rejected the offer, on the grounds that the processes leading to the nomination of our Electoral Commission chairperson is tainted with fraud and that this is why we settled on Mrs. Jean Mensa as the second choice”
“Infact it never even came up, her name never even popped up. The President from the very get go had been very settled on Mrs. Jean Mensa, she’s been his first choice, she’s second choice and third choice. There’s never been any instance where Prof Henrietta Mensah Bonsu’s name ever came up”, he further added.
Mr Jinapor further added that; “Prof Mensah Bonsu is somebody I know quite well, me lecturer at the Faculty 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”.
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