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February 27, 2024
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Supreme Court affirms Oborevwori as Delta governor

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By Ebere Agozie

The Supreme Court in a unanimous judgment on Friday affirmed Sheriff Oborevwori as the duly elected governor of Delta.

The Apex court dismissed the appeal brought before it by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Ovie- Omo-Agege, against the election of the governor

The court in the lead judgment delivered by Justice John Okoro held that Omo-Agege, a former Deputy Senate President, failed woefully to establish that the election was invalid for alleged corrupt malpractices.

Okoro said that none of the allegations against the March 18, 2023, was established as required by law.

While Oborevwori scored 360,234 votes to win the governorship election, his closest rival, Omo-Agege of the APC, polled 240,229 votes.

The supreme court rejected the plea by Omo-Agege that the election be nullified on the allegations that the election was not conducted in substantial compliance with provisions of the Electoral Act.

Okoro also rejected the claim that the results of the governorship election were not properly recorded in some polling units and the allegations that the forms that contained some of the recorded results did not have serial numbers.

While affirming Oborevwori as the lawfully elected governor for Delta, the apex court affirmed the judgments of the Delta State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal and the Court of Appeal which had earlier dismissed Omo-Agege’s petition for want of merit. (NAN)

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Edited by Sadiya Hamza

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