Former Governor of Benue State, Dr Gabriel Suswam, yesterday said he would not appear before the Justice Margaret Kpojime Commission of Inquiry probing his former administration since he has gone to court to challenge the setting up of the Commission.
In a statement in Abuja, signed by HIM, Suswam said he had approached the High Court in Makurdi to challenge the illegality of the Commission and therefore, would not honour the invitation extended to him to appear before it by Wednesday this week.
Besides, Dr Suswam said although he had great respect for the Chairman of the Commission who is a serving Judge of the State High Court, other members of the Commission were card carrying members of the ruling- All Progressives Congress APC and therefore, he was unlikely to get any fair hearing from such partisan members of the Commission.
According to the former Governor, the Judicial Commission set up by his successor, Governor Samuel Ortom, was designed to witch hunt him adding that going by the several published statements of the Governor, the Commission had a pre- determined outcome which was to find him guilty.
“The Governor of Benue State has repeatedly said he will send me to jail. That means that the outcome of the Commission is already known to him” he stated.
Dr Suswam advised the Commission to approach the State Executive Council Secretariat to obtain records of all approvals given to projects executed by his administration since those approvals were carried out by the Executive Council.
He said most of the information being sought from him by the Judicial Commission were available in the comprehensive handing over notes he presented to the State Governor adding that the issues raised in the letter of invitation which he saw in the media bothered on either mischief or ignorance of certain processes and procedures in the business of government.


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