The Delta State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba, has reserved judgement in the case between Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and Governor Sheriff Oborevwori.
The petition was brought by the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Omo-Agege.
The three-man tribunal panel headed by Justice C.O Ahuchaogu adjourned for judgement after parties in the petition had adopted their written addresses.
Omo-Agege, in his petition, is challenging the declaration of the second respondent, Governor Oborevwori, as winner of the March 18, 2023 gubernatorial election in the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC).
Ahuchaogu said the date for the judgement would be communicated to the parties and their counsels.
Counsel of the first respondent, INEC, Prof. J. Abugu, said the commission had adopted in it’s entirety, a 30-page written address it had filed and urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition for lack of merit
Counsel of Sheriff Oborevwori, Damian Dodo (SAN), said the second respondent wholely adopts all the arguments encapsulated in his final written address in urging the tribunal to dismiss the petition.
Petitions, by their nature, must be proved by evidence; this, the petitioners have failed to do”.
Counsel to the third respondent, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ekeme Ohwovoriole (SAN) in adopting the party’s written address, said the petition was based on speculations and deserved to be dismissed.
On his part, Counsel to Omo-Agege, Dr. Alex Izinyon (SAN), while adopting the petitioner’s written address, urged the tribunal to hold that the petitioner proved the petition and was therefore entitled to the reliefs sought.
He argued that the petitioner, by the nature of the pleadings and the documents tendered, proved his case and urged the tribunal to declare the petitioner the winner of the election.