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Supreme Court Upholds PDP’s Oborevwori As Delta State Governor 

Supreme Court Upholds PDP’s Oborevwori As Delta State Governor 


Supreme Court Upholds PDP’s Oborevwori As Delta State Governor

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Oborevwori of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the March 18 governorship election.


But unsatisfied, the three parties headed to the court. While Oborevwori was victorious in the tribunal and at the appeal court, the parties pushed the matter to the Supreme Court.

When the case came up at the apex court, it upheld the earlier judgments and upheld Oborevwori’s win in the Delta governorship. The court first dismissed Ovie Omo-Agege’s appeal seeking to overturn Governor Oborevwori’s election.

The apex court held that the appellant was unable to prove his case of over-voting and noncompliance with the electoral laws.


It also dismissed other appeals for lack of merit and affirmed the election of Governor Oborevwori of the PDP. The court awards no costs and the judgment is unanimous.

The judgment was in agreement with that of the lower courts which held that the appellants were unable to prove the allegations of noncompliance contained in their petition.

The verdict is coming about ten months after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Oborevwori as the winner of the Delta State Governorship Election.

Oborevwori scored 36,0234 votes to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Senator Ovie Omo-Agege who scored 24,0229. While the Labour Party candidate Kennedy Pela came a distant third with 48,047.


Oborevwori clinched 21 out of the 25 local government areas of the state leaving the APC with four council areas.

But his opponents challenged the win and took the matter to the Delta State Election Petitions Tribunal to overturn the victory. In September, the three-member tribunal headed by Justice C.H. Ahuchaogu dismissed the petition filed by former Deputy President of the Senate Omo-Agege.

The tribunal held that the petition contained unsubstantiated allegations, noting that it was devoid of merit and speculative.


Two months later, the Court of Appeal affirmed Oborevwori’s victory in the March election.

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