Nwogu added that they intended to respond to the application within two days.
By Jane Ochuko, Asaba
During the proceedings at the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Asaba, Governor Sherrif Oborevwori of Delta State stated that the Labour Party and its gubernatorial candidate, Mr. Ken Pela, had abandoned their petition challenging the outcome of the March 18, 2023 governorship election, where they claimed to be the rightful winners.
Separate applications were filed by Counsels of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori, Kehinde Ogunwumiju, SAN, representing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Ekeme Ohwovoriole, SAN, seeking the termination of the petition.
They argued that the petition should be deemed abandoned because the petitioners failed to file a pre-hearing notice within seven days after the last respondent filed their reply, which expired on Monday. The Counsel of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Robert Emukperuo SAN, also requested the dismissal of the petition based on the same grounds.
The petitioner’s counsel, S. I Nwogu, countered by stating that they had indeed filed a pre-hearing notice within the appropriate timeframe, which should suffice for all respondents. Nwogu added that they intended to respond to the application within two days.
Speaking with newsmen on the development, Pela said he neither withdrew nor abandoned the petition “I didn’t abandon my petition; we will clarify whatever the issues are with our lawyer.”
On rumours that he had joined where he had been compensated, be said: “They did not see me coming, neither will they see me coming now. They kept thriving on rumours that l was given money, that l will step down, and that Labour Party has joined PDP.
“We will fight this process all the way to the Supreme Court to ensure that the process that will produce the next governor of Delta State will be excellent.”
After Justice C.H. Ahuchaogu, the head of the three-man tribunal panel, temporarily recused themselves from the case until 1 pm, the sitting was adjourned to June 24, 2023, to hear the applications.