Governor Sherrif Oborevwori of Delta State expressed his opposition on Tuesday to the acceptance of 3728 INEC forms (EC25B, EC40A, EC40B, and EC40C) from all 25 local government areas of the state. These forms were presented to the State Election Petition Tribunal by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the March 18 governorship election.
The objections to the admissibility of the documents were raised by the counsels of Oborevwori (the second respondent) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) (the third respondent), namely Samson Egege and Ekeme Ohwovoriole SAN, respectively. The specifics of their objections were reserved for their final written addresses.
During the tribunal hearing, which resumed to address Omo-Agege’s petition challenging INEC’s declaration of Oborevwori as the election winner, Bello Abu, the counsel for the APC candidate, requested the admission of the INEC forms. Abu, representing A. K Osawota, stated that the forms reflected the schedule filed on July 10, 2023. According to Abu, there were 1036 forms of EC25B, 941 forms of EC40A, 880 forms of EC40B, and 871 forms of EC40C. Additionally, he presented receipts of payment for certified true copies of the EC25 and EC40 series forms, original copies of the INEC manual for electoral officers, and certified true copies of the INEC regulations and guidelines for the conduct of the election in 2022, accompanied by payment receipts.
The second and third respondents’ counsels did not object to the admission of the INEC regulations and guidelines for the conduct of the election in 2022.
Presided over by Justice C.H Ahuchaogu, the three-man tribunal accepted the documents as exhibits and adjourned the hearing to July 24 for further proceedings.