- The Federal High Court judgement which sacked Sheriff Oborevwori as the Delta state's PDP governorship candidate has been reversed
- A three-member panel of the Court of Appeal in Abuja reversed the judgement on Monday, August 29
- The appellate court held that the Federal High Court lacked the jurisdiction to have entertained the suit which was filed by David Edevbie
FCT, Abuja - The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Monday, August 29, reversed the July 7, 2022 judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja sacking Sheriff Oborevwori as the Delta state's governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 elections.
A three-member panel of the appellate court, led by Justice Peter Ige, held that the Federal High Court lacked the jurisdiction to have entertained the suit filed by David Edevbie on the grounds that the cause of action had not crystallised as at when the suit was filed, The Nation reported.
The appellate court further held that Edevbie failed to prove his claim that Oborevwori supplied false and forged academic credentials and other documents to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in aid of his qualification for the governorship election.
It added that Justice Taiwo Taiwo (now retired) who delivered the July 7, 2022 judgment, erred when he upheld Edevbie’s claims after finding that the cause of action has not crystallised because Oborevwori’s name was not yet submitted to INEC and published.
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Oborevwori is the current Speaker of the state House of Assembly and is reportedly being backed by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
On the other hand, Edevbie who filed the suit is reportedly backed by James Ibori.
Prominent south-south leader endorses Omo-Agege as next Delta governor
In another report, an elder statesman in the south-south, Edwin Clark, has allegedly endorsed the governorship ambition of Ovie Omo-Agege, the deputy Senate president.
Omo-Agege is the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta state and currently representing Delta Central in the Red Chamber.
Clark spoke on Thursday, July 14, at a 3-hour ceremony with top personalities from Delta state at his Asokoro residence in Abuja.