Delta State Tribunal Upholds Governor Sheriff Oborevwori’s Victory

Introduction:

The Delta State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has delivered its verdict, confirming Sheriff Oborevwori of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the legitimately elected Governor of Delta State.

This ruling marks the culmination of legal proceedings following the gubernatorial election.

Rejection of Omo-Agege’s Petition:

Dismissal of APC Candidate’s Challenge The tribunal, in its judgment, dismissed the petition lodged by Ovie Omo-Agege, a former Deputy President of the Senate and the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

This decision signifies the tribunal’s rejection of Omo-Agege’s claims against the election outcome.

Basis for Dismissal:

Unsubstantiated Allegations and Speculations The panel of judges, led by Justice C.H Ahuchaogu, pointed out that Omo-Agege’s petition contained allegations that were not substantiated with evidence.

They further emphasized that his case relied heavily on speculations rather than concrete proof.

Tribunal’s Verdict:

Failure to Prove Noncompliance Justice Ahuchaogu, delivering the tribunal’s verdict over four days of judgment, highlighted that the petitioner failed to establish a case of substantial noncompliance with the Electoral Act against Governor Oborevwori, who was the second respondent in the case.

Failure to Disprove Election Validity Additionally, the tribunal ruled that Omo-Agege could not provide sufficient evidence to support his claim that Governor Oborevwori was not duly elected by a majority of lawful votes cast during the March 18 governorship polls.

Conclusion:

With the tribunal’s decision to affirm Sheriff Oborevwori’s victory and dismiss Ovie Omo-Agege’s petition, the legal chapter surrounding the Delta State gubernatorial election comes to a close.

The ruling solidifies Governor Oborevwori’s position as the duly elected leader of Delta State.

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