By PETER DURU, Makurdi
Governor Gabriel Suswam yesterday opened and closed his case at the Makurdi Federal High Court for alleged certificate forgery and manipulation of PDP governorship congresses in a case filed by Mr. Terver Kakih a PDP governorship contestant in 2011.
At the resumed hearing yesterday, Benue State Secretary of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP Mr. Bem Dzoho who testified before the court denied that the list of delegates at the party’s ward congresses was doctored in favour of the Governor.
Dzoho who was under cross examination by counsel to Kakih, Barr. Sam Kargbo said as secretary of the party, he never saw the list of the 828 delegates from the 276 wards of the State.
He described as ‘false’ claims by Kakih that the list of delegates was concocted, maintaining that the party constituted a monitoring committee that conducted the wards congresses’ report which was only given to him.
Hon. Dzoho also noted that the proper procedure was followed in the conduct of the governorship primaries even as he said the State chapter of the party did not screen the Governor stressing that he was screened in Abuja.
Earlier, counsel to Kakih Barr. Kargbo objected to the admissibility of some documents which include; result of ward primaries election held on 3rd January, 2011, report of gubernatorial primaries held on 5th January 2011 as well as result sheet of the gubernatorial primaries which was signed by agents of the 2 aspirants, arguing that they were not original copies neither were they pleaded.
However, Suswam’s counsel Jubrin Okutepa, SAN argued that the documents were duly pleaded.
Justice Marcel Awokulekein ruled in favor of Suswam stating that document was relevant and pleaded; he marked them as exhibits.
Justice Awokulekein adjourned proceedings to June 15th., 2012 for the adoption of written addresses by the parties.