Court Further Upholds Suswam’s Election

Posted: March 5, 2013 in akume george, BENUE, makurdi, political, Uncategorized
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The court of Appeal sitting in Makurdi has dismissed an appeal by his opponent in the 2010
Primaries,Mr. Terver Kakih against Benue Governor, Rt. Hon. Gabriel Suswam for want of merit.
The appeal was borne out of a verdict of a federal high court in makurdi last year which also dismissed the court on same grounds.
Kakih had alleged in his appeal that he was denied a fair hearing by the high court.
According to Kakih who was represented by his counsel, Sam Kigbo, the peoples Democratic Party(PDP) primaries which produced Suswam was an abberation of the electoral law. He claimed the his opponent should be disqualified by reason of non-presentation of his secondary school certificate.
When hearing for the appeal held the lead counsel for Suswam, Jibrin Okutepa SAN, raised a preliminary objection that the court ignore the petition on grounds that there was no notice of appeal, but the court over ruled the preliminary objection.
In a judgement delivered by Hon. Justice John Okoro and conceded by the other four judges, found no merit in Kakih’s appeal.
According to the court there was no evidence to show that the PDP’s primaries were held contrary to the electoral act 2010 as amended or not held at all as claimed by Mr. Kakih.
The court further held that it is not mandatory for governor Suswam to present his certificate even as Kakih had also admitted under cross examination that he did not also submit his own credentials.

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