the petition was incompetent and had been filed in blatant violation of paragraph 18 subsection 1 of the 4th Schedule to the Electoral Act 2022.
By Chioma Daniel, Asaba
The petition filed by Mr. Ken Pela, the Labour Party’s governorship candidate, challenging the results of the Delta State Governorship Election, was dismissed by the Delta State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Asaba. The Chairman of the Panel, Justice C.H Ahuchaogu, stated that the petition was deemed incompetent and a clear violation of paragraph 18 subsection 1 of the 4th Schedule to the Electoral Act 2022.
Mr. Pela sought to overturn the declaration of Sheriff Oborevwori as the Delta Governor in his petition EPT/DL/GOV/01/23. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was named as the 1st respondent in the petition, while Governor Sheriff Oborevwori, his Deputy Monday Onyeme, and the PDP were listed as the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respondents, respectively. The lead counsel for the 2nd and 3rd respondents, Damian Dodo (SAN), argued that the Labour Party’s petition had been abandoned because the petitioner failed to submit a pre-hearing notice within the given seven-day window. Consequently, Justice C.H Ahuchaogu ruled that the petition was incompetent and had been filed in blatant violation of paragraph 18 subsection 1 of the 4th Schedule to the Electoral Act 2022.
“We resolve this application in favour of the 2nd and 3rd applicants.There is merit in the application seeking to dismiss this petition and accordingly, petition EPT/DL/GOV/01/2023 is hereby dismissed,” Ahuchaogu stated.