Oyokohene Nana Kodua Kesse “Even Jesus Christ when he was on the cross, he said ‘father forgive them’.
“For the Council of State, we have done our work according to the provision of the constitution. If anybody feels that we have breached the constitution they can go to court for interpretation.”
The Oyokohene of New Juaben, said the Council of State advised President Mahama after they considered the various dynamics involved in the case.
Nana Kesse said on Accra-based Starr News that they took that decision knowing that everybody deserves a pardon irrespective of what they are guilty of.
“Even Jesus Christ when he was on the cross, he said ‘father forgive them.’ So are people saying they are so okay that they can’t pardon people for any wrong doing?”
“The president has been giving pardon to prisoners every year; are they also not prisoners? What is so peculiar about the Montie three, what is so peculiar about the pardon the president has given them? it is his prerogative,” he added.
Nana Kesse said he was not surprised at the reaction from the general public “because everyone is entitled to their opinions. There are those who are hiding behind their political parties and they are saying a lot of things, for us in the Council of State we have done our work.”
A statement released on Monday (August 22) and signed by the Minister of Communications Dr Omane Boamah said President Mahama granted the remittance in consultation with the Council of State.
The three were initially supposed to serve a four-month jail term after they were sentenced by the Supreme Court on July 27, 2016.
A petition book was subsequently opened by pro-government group Research and Advocacy Platform (RAP) to collect signatures of Ghanaians to implore the president to exercise his prerogative of mercy powers to free the three contemnors.
Those who signed the petition included the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hanna Tetteh, Minister of Children, Gender and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, the Minister of Education, Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang and her deputy, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.