Delta 2023: Appeal Court reserves judgement on Oborevwori’s case
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has reserved judgment on an appeal filed by a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Sheriff Oborevwori, challenging the emergence of David Edevbie as the standard-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 gubernatorial election for Delta State.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had, on July 7, 2022, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the PDP to recognise Edevbie as PDP candidate for the 2023 governorship election in the state.
In his judgment, Justice Taiwo disqualified Oborevwori as Delta PDP governorship candidate.
The trial judge had agreed with the plaintiff in the suit that Oborevwori ought not to be on the ballot for the PDP primary election on account of supplying forged documents to INEC for the governorship election.
But not satisfied with Taiwo’s judgment, Oborevwori and the PDP headed for the appellate court to seek redress.
At a resumed hearing of the appeal yesterday, the appellate court panel led by Justice Peter Ige said the date for judgment would be communicated to the parties.
Being a pre-election matter, the 180 days stipulated by the constitution for adjudication of election matters, as it relates to Delta, will elapse on September 5, 2022.