The former Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) Tsatsu Tsikata has stated that he has no problem being the lawyer of the New Patriotic Party if their case had merit.
The renowned legal practitioner who represented the governing National Democratic Congress in the landmark election petition case in 2013 said he will represent the opposition party in principle but doubts he will ever be asked by the NPP to lead them on any case in court.
“I don’t think I’ll ever be asked…I can tell you, if the basis on which the representation, from a legal point of view, was meritorious, I will have no problem, in principle, representing the NPP; I think I can say that,” Mr. Tsikata told Citi FM.
He added: “You know in my career, both as a lawyer and a law lecturer, and, indeed, in my experience of corporate life, I think I surprise some people.
“For instance, when I was at GNPC, some people were hired in GNPC, who were known to be NPP people. And I was involved in hiring them on account of their technical capabilities. What they were doing politically had nothing to do with what they were supposed to do in the organisation.
“And so when I was sometimes asked: ‘didn’t you know so and so [were NPP people?]’ I would say: ‘It’s neither here nor there.’ And equally as I mentioned earlier, I have friends and people that I have a lot of respect for – you mentioned J. H. Mensah and so on – I mean who are in NPP but …they were people that I considered I could look up to, so in that sense, I don’t have any problem in principle.
“But when I said also that I’m not likely to be asked, let’s face it, that’s the reality. Within our context as a nation, the level of polarisation, and the representation of people like me, is such that it would be regarded as anathema even to be approached”.