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Allege Overvoting: Court Rules in Favour of Sheriff Oborevwori, PDP

A month after a Federal High Court in Abuja sacked the Peoples Democratic party, PDP, Governorship Candidate in Delta State, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori as the party’s governorship candidate in the state, another division of the court in Warri validated the primary election that produced Sheriff Oborevwori as the governorship candidate of the PDP ahead of the 2023 election.

In a judgement delivered on Friday, the presiding judge, Okon Abang, declared that the PDP’s primary election which was held on 25 May was validly conducted in line with the party’s constitution and election guidelines.

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The court, in its judgement, dismissed the suit filed by a governorship aspirant on the PDP platform, Ike Aghwarianovwe, who alleged that the 25 May primary election won by Mr Oborevwori was marred by overvoting, among other breaches.

According to Abang, “there was no overvoting in the said primary election that produced the 2nd defendant (Mr Oborevwori) as the candidate of the 1st defendant (PDP) in the 2023 governorship election.

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He affirmed that the PDP “complied with its Constitution and Electoral Guidelines 2022, the Electoral Act 2022, INEC’s Guidelines in conducting the primary elections on 25 May 2022 that produced the 2nd Defendant as a winner of the said election.”

He declared that Oborevwori “was duly elected as winner of the 1st defendant’s gubernatorial primary elections conducted on 25 May 2022 having scored the highest number of lawful votes in the said primary election in accordance with the 1st Defendant’s (PDP’s) constitution and its Electoral Guidelines 2022.”

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He also awarded the cost of N100,000 in favour of each of the nine defendants, including PDP, Mr Oborevwori, and INEC sued by the plaintiff.

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