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Supporters Jubilate as Oborevwori Defeat Edebvie at Supreme Court




The Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Sheriff Oborevwori, has been affirmed as the validly nominated candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the 2023 governorship election in Delta State by the Supreme Court.

The apex court, in a unanimous decision by a five-man panel led by Justice Amina Augie, dismissed an appeal that was lodged against Oborevwori by Olorogun David Edevbie, who had alleged that Oborevwori submitted false and forged documents to the PDP, to qualify him to contest the election billed for March 11, 2023.
He told the court that whereas Oborevwori had in an affidavit he deposed to, claimed that he was born in 1963, he, however, tendered a West African Examination Council, WAEC, certificate that was issued to someone that was born in 1979.
The Appellant insisted that all the documents Oborevwori tendered to his party, in support of his qualification to contest the election, did not match his name at birth.
Edevbie also contended that the case provided a unique opportunity for the Supreme Court to make a pronouncement on the new legal regime introduced by section 29(5) of the Electoral Act, 2022.
He said the section provided that any aspirant that participated in the primary of a political party and has reasonable ground to believe that any information given by his political party’s candidate, in relation to constitutional requirement for qualification for the election was false, could approach the court to challenge the eligibility of such candidate.
But in its judgement, the apex court held that the allegations the Appellant raised before it was rooted in criminality and therefore ought to be proved beyond reasonable doubt.
It noted that in view of “sundry allegations of fraud, false representation and forgery of documents” raised against Oborevwori, the Appellant, ought to have commenced his action through a Writ of Summons that would have allowed the trial court to adjudge the matter through oral and documentary evidence.
The apex court held that Edevbie’s allegations against Oborevwori could not be resolved through affidavit evidence or Originating Summons, adding that Edevbie’s case was premature as PDP had not submitted Oborevwori’s name to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, before he filed the suit.
In its lead judgement delivered by Justice Tijjani Abubakar, the apex court, said it saw no reason to set-aside the Court of Appeal’s verdict that earlier upheld Oborevwori’s nomination and declared that he found no merit in the appeal and accordingly dismissed it.

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