- The All Progressives Congress and its governorship candidate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, were defeated at the tribunal on Friday, September 29
- This is as the Delta state tribunal upheld the election of Sheriff Oborevwori as governor
- The court dismissed the petition filed by the former deputy president of the Senate, Omo-Agege, noting that it was devoid of merit and speculative
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Delta state, Asaba - The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has vowed to challenge the verdict of the Delta state governorship election tribunal delivered on Friday, September 29, 2023.
Recall that the tribunal dismissed Omo-Agege's petition challenging the election victory of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori.
In its verdict, the tribunal judges declared Oborevwori as the duly elected governor of the state following his victory in the March 18, 2023 governorship election.
Reacting immediately to the tribunal's verdict, Senator Omo-Agege directed his legal team to appeal against the tribunal's judgment, Vanguard reported.
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In a statement signed by his media adviser, Sunny Areh, and shared on his Facebook page, Omo-Agege said the tribunal failed to reckon with the fundamental flaws in the election that mortally rendered the declaration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner untenable.
"I have directed my legal team to appeal the judgment.
""It is a no brainer that the Tribunal operated under a very challenging environment. It therefore ignored the unassailable evidence adduced to question the validity of lawful votes as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). I respect the decision of the Tribunal, but it is flawed. I have no doubt that these flaws which the Tribunal failed to address will be dispassionately evaluated at the Court of Appeal. I have, therefore, directed my legal team to immediately proceed to the Court of Appeal and continue with the fight to restore the sanctity of the people's vote."
Tribunal sacks PDP Okey Mbah in Enugu, orders rerun
The court on Friday, September 29, nullified the election of Mbah, a member representing the Nkanu East state constituency in the House of Assembly.
According to the tribunal's judgment, the process by which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Mbah as the winner of the state constituency election was not in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022.
Tribunal sacks PDP lawmaker, declares APC winner
In another development, the PDP lawmaker representing the Riyom state constituency in Plateau State, Timothy Dantong, was sacked by the State House of Assembly election petition tribunal on Friday, September 29.
Dantong was sacked on the ground that the PDP needed structure as of the time he was nominated as the party's candidate for the March 18 election.
The court subsequently announced Moses Dachum of the APC as the election winner.