Political Appointment 'I rejected gov't offer to be Peace Council chairman' - Prof. Martey

The outspoken moderator named the deputy interior minister, James Agalga, as the one who called him, urging him to lobby for the chairmanship position and that the government will back him.

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The immediate past moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey, has revealed how some government officials lobbied him for the position of Chairman of the Peace Council.

He sparked a furious row with government officials after he seemingly accused officials of attempting to bribe him with $100,000, a four wheel drive and a house last week.

The outspoken moderator named the deputy interior minister, James Agalga, as the one who called him, urging him to lobby for the chairmanship position and that the government will back him.

He made the disclosure at the Abetifi Presbyterian College of Education, warning critics that he will continue to speak his mind on national issues.

He said: "I don’t want any political appointment that is the reason why I rejected the Peace Council appointment. I heard some people also saying that sack him from the Peace Council. I’ve never been a member and I will never ever be a member.

“Christian Council nominated me to be on that council, I know if I go there something will happen but that thing I don’t know.” 

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“So I told God about it. I don’t do anything without first consulting my friend the Holy Spirit. Few days to the inauguration of the Peace Council, I had a missed call; I didn’t know the person so I didn’t call back. So the person sent a text message, it was the Deputy Minister of Interior, [James] Agalga. So immediately something said call so I called back. He was then at the house so he came out.” 

“First I said, yes this is the Rev. Prof. Martey, moderator of the Presbyterian church of Ghana, but you know something, the Holy Spirit blinded his mind so he didn’t even hear that it was the Presby moderator who was talking to him. The Holy Spirit wanted him to tell me what he has for me, to help me decide whether or not to be a member of the Peace Council. He said he had a meeting with the Minister of Interior and they both agreed that I become the Chairman of the Peace Council.”

"Before the inauguration of the thing itself, before members will meet for the first time, he said if you know some people give us their names so we talk to them on your behalf.”

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