Group hails Appeal Court judgement on Oborevwori
A Pan-Okpe socio-political group, the Okpe Peoples’ Forum (OPF), has commended the Court of Appeal for restoring the Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Sheriff Oborevwori, as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the state in the 2023 general elections.
The group also extended its appreciation to Deltans for their prayers and for remaining peaceful while the ordeal lasted.
In a statement issued by OPF President, Igho Akeregha, the group expressed gratitude to the Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, for his steadfastness and exemplary leadership that ensured the victory of Oborevwori, who is currently the Speaker of the Delta House of Assembly.
OPF said that the triumph of Oborevwori at the Appeal Court has the blessing of the monarch of Okpe, His Royal Majesty, Felix Mujakperuo, Orhue 1, who mobilised all Okpe sons and daughters in prayers for Oborevwori.
The forum, a global body of notable Okpe indigenes, assured it would continue to work for peace and development of Delta in general and the Okpe Kingdom in particular, being one of the most peaceful ethnic groups in Nigeria.
The appellate court had voided and set aside the judgement of Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, which, on July 7, nullified Oborevwori’s nomination on grounds of alleged certificate forgery and perjury.
But Justice Peter Ige, who led two other Justices of the appellate court in Abuja that delivered the landmark judgment, held that claims against the Speaker are criminal in nature and must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.
He also held that David Edevbie, who instituted the Federal High Court suit, ought to have approached the court through a writ of summons to enable the resolution of disputes, and not by originating summons where only affidavit evidence is required.
The learned judge further held that the allegation of certificate forgery and faking of documents against the Speaker required witnesses from those who issued the certificates and the alleged fake documents.