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Delta Government: Court of Appeal reinstates Oborevwori as PDP candidate

The Abuja Court of Appeal has overturned the disqualification of Sheriff Oborevwori as a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2023 Delta State Governor’s election.

On July 7, a Federal High Court overturned Oborevwi’s nomination for false certificate and perjury brought by the party’s gubernatorial aspirant, David Edevbie.

Judge Peter Olabisi Ige said on Monday that the claims against Oborevwi were criminal in nature and needed to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Court of Appeal also held that Edevbie should have applied to the High Court by way of a subpoena to enable dispute resolution and not a subpoena where only affidavit evidence is required .

Judge Taiwo Taiwo had confirmed Edevbie’s thesis that Oborevwi had provided false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in view of his qualification for the gubernatorial election.

Edevbie, a former finance commissioner under former Governor James Ibori, who came second in the primary, had alleged that Oborevwori had falsified his WAEC certificate and age, was ineligible to contest the election.

Oborevwori, who is the speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, had emerged as the PDP’s candidate in the May 25 PDP primary election for the selection of its gubernatorial flag bearer.