Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata has said the erstwhile Kufuor administration targetted him and wanted to find fault with everything he did which was why he refused his pardon in 2008.
According to the former CEO of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), John Agyekum Kufuor was bent on jailing him and tried on several occasions to throw him into cells.
Speaking during an interview with Pan African Television on Tuesday, March 2 2021, Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata who is the lead counsel for John Mahama in the 2020 Election Petition Case said he was targetted due to his close association with the late Jerry John Rawlings.
“There was a ‘determination’ by the Kufuor government to find fault with how Rawlings had handled the GNPC and I knew it would come down to him.”
“I had been involved in GNPC under President Rawlings and I was seen as someone close to Rawlings. A lot of credit has to be given to his interest at the time in creating GNPC.”
“Unfortunately in this country, when a new government come, they wanted to throw overboard the things that he had done. I had headed GNPC during that time and I became a target.
“I could see by the beginning of 2001, the determination, by hook or crook to find something against me. That is what led to all these interesting cases against me.”
Speaking about how he ended up in the Nwasw, Prison, Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata said:
“I went to the Supreme Court and the Fast Track Court was declared unconstitutional. They changed the panel and added two more panels to form the review. In those days, people were criticizing the judges’ decision in my favour.
“You should go and listen to what President Akufo-Addo who was the Attorney-General then said about the judges. There was a determination to overturn that decision. Justice Afreh was appointed, another judge was also appointed so from a 5-4 in my favor it became 6-5 against me.”