On Friday, the Supreme Court upheld Governor Sheriff Oborevwori’s election victory in Delta State, dismissing an appeal by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.
The unanimous decision of the five-member panel, led by Justice Inyang Okoro, stated that the appeal lacked merit. The court ruled that the APC failed to demonstrate that the election did not comply substantially with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2023, rejecting Omo-Agege’s claim about result sheets lacking serial numbers.
The court emphasized that even without considering the INEC forms contested by the Appellants, it wouldn’t impact the lead margin in favor of Oborevwori.
It concluded that the Appellants failed to meet the legal burden of proof required to overturn both the Court of Appeal judgment and the Delta State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal verdict. Consequently, the petition was dismissed without costs. Omo-Agege, dissatisfied with the outcome where Oborevwori secured 360,234 votes to Omo-Agege’s 240,229 votes, had sought the court’s intervention to annul the election result.
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