Former Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, Tsatsu Tsikata has justified his decision to reject a Presidential pardon granted him by President Kufuor in 2008 following his release from jail

The NDC stalwart and legal luminary said there was a determined effort to have him jailed by the Kufuor government.

Mr. Tsikata was 2008 jailed for wilfully causing financial loss to the state but eight years on, the Court of Appeal ruled that the High Court unjustly jailed Mr. Tsikata and subsequently cleared him of any wrongdoing after Mr. Tsikata filed for an appeal.

Speaking in an interview with KSM on Pan African TV, the Lead lawyer for John Mahama in the election petition said there was a plot to undo the gains made by the Rawlings administration in the oil and gas sector and became a target only because he served as the head of the commission

“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,” Tsatsu said.

“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.”

According to him, the NPP had to try hard to find fault with his stewardship as Head of the GNPC

“Unfortunately in this country, when a new government came, 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”, he said.

Tsatsu also spoke about the court processes that led to him ending up at the Nsawam Prison.

“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, there were people criticizing the judges’ decision in my favor. 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,” he said.