Supreme Court Affirms Delta Speaker As PDP Gov Candidate

The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal by David Edevbie against the August 29 judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja which reversed the July 7 judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja voiding the nomination of Speaker Sheriff Oborevwori as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State.

In a judgment on Friday, a five-member panel, presided over by Justice Amina Augie, was unanimous in holding that the appeal was without merit and proceeded to affirm the August 29 judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja.

Justice Tijani Abubakar, who read the lead judgment held that the suit was wrongly commenced through originating summons as against writ of summons in view of the contentious nature of facts in the case.

Justice Abubakar held that the suit was premature because it was filed before Oborevwori’s personal particulars, including academic credentials, were submitted to INEC as required under Section 29 of the Electoral Act 2022.

Edevbie had claimed that the academic credentials that Oborevwori submitted to his party, the PDP, were forged.

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