In a landmark decision, the Delta State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has upheld the victory of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the March 18 election.
The three-member tribunal, presided over by Justice C.H. Ahuchaogu, reached its unanimous verdict by dismissing the petition filed by Ovie Omo-Agege, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a comprehensive ruling delivered on Friday, the tribunal meticulously analyzed the petition and found it wanting in substance. The tribunal stated that the allegations presented by the petitioner, Ovie Omo-Agege, were unsubstantiated, lacked merit, and were founded on speculation.
Central to the tribunal’s verdict was the observation that the petitioners had failed to provide concrete evidence to substantiate their claims of non-compliance with the Electoral Act and allegations of corrupt practices during the election. The tribunal stressed that allegations of such gravity must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, which Ovie Omo-Agege and the APC failed to achieve.