From Godwin Tsa, Abuja

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the three separate appeals that seek to nullify the election of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta State for lacking in merit.

A five-member panel of the apex court, led by Justice Inyang Okoro, dismissed the appeals and affirmed the judgment of both the tribunal and Court of Appeal which upheld the election of Governor Oborevwori the winner of the March 18 election in the state.

Justice John Inyang Okoro delivered the lead judgment in respect of the appeal filed by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege of the All Progressives Congress (APC); Justice Mohammed Garba Lawal delivered the judgment on the appeal by the Social Democratic Party(SDP) and its candidate, Kenneth Gbaji, while Justice Uwani Abba Aji rendered the judgment of the apex court in respect of the appeal by the Labour Party (LP) and its candidate, Ken Pela, respectively.

The court held that the appellants failed woefully to prove the allegations raised in their separate appeals against the outcome of the March 18, 2023 governorship election in the state.

Accordingly the three appeals were dismissed for lacking in merit.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared that Oborevwori of the PDP polled 360,234 votes to win the governorship election ahead of Omo-Agege of the APC, who secured 240,229 votes.

In their respective appeals, the appellants had urged the Supreme Court to invalidate the November 24 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Lagos State, which dismissed their case for want of merit and affirmed Oborevwori of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the bona fide winner of the governorship contest.
They equally faulted an earlier judgment of the Delta State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba, which on September 29, affirmed Oborevwori’s election.

Omo-Agege, who is the immediate past Deputy President of the Senate, contended that the election was not conducted in substantial compliance with provisions of the Electoral Act.

He told the apex court that the results of the governorship election were not properly recorded at some polling units, adding that the forms that contained some of the recorded results did not have serial numbers.

While the SDP candidate, Gbagi, prayed the court to declare that Governor Oborevwori was not eligible to contest the election, his counterpart in the LP, Pela, urged the Supreme Court to nullify the entire election and declare a fresh one.