This decision follows the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, which ordered the Delta State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal to hear the petition filed by the LP candidate, Ken Pela, challenging Oborevwori’s election.
In the Notice of Appeal filed by Governor Oborevwori’s lead counsel, Mr. Damian Dodo (SAN), it was argued that the appellate court erred in ordering a retrial of the LP’s petition.
The governor contends that the original decision of the tribunal, which dismissed the petition on the grounds of abandonment due to improper filing of a pre-hearing session application, should stand.
The three-man panel of the Court of Appeal, led by Justice M. L. Shuaibu, had issued this judgment on August 31. It had criticized the tribunal’s decision to dismiss the LP’s case and ordered that the petition be returned to the tribunal for a hearing within the time frame stipulated in the Electoral Act.
This move by Governor Oborevwori to appeal to the Supreme Court reflects the ongoing legal battles surrounding the Delta State governorship election and the importance of clarifying the legal procedures and standards applied in electoral disputes.
As election tribunals continue to render verdicts across the nation, the political landscape remains dynamic, with each ruling carrying implications for the political parties and candidates involved.
These legal proceedings are crucial in upholding the principles of democracy and ensuring that the will of the people is accurately reflected in election outcomes.