The Delta State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba, has upheld the election of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori of PDP.

In a judgement,the three member tribunal led by Justice CH Ahuchaogu dismissed the petition filed by candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for want of merit.

The tribunal held that the petitioners failed to prove allegations of non-compliance with the Electoral Act and over voting beyond reasonable doubt.

On the issue of non-compliance, the tribunal said the petitioner jettisoned the provisions of the law to prove non-compliance in every unit.

On the allegations of corrupt practices, the tribunal said no evidence was led as to who committed the crime and no evidence led as to how the allegations affected the outcome of the election.

The tribunal held that petitioners gave particulars of inflated figures but failed to to show how it affected the result.

The Delta State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal also dismissed the petitions brought before it by Labour Party’s Candidate, Ken Pela and Chief Kenneth Gbagi of the Social Democratic Party for their inability to prove their allegations of over voting, lacking in merit and abuse of court process.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Governor Sheriff Oborevwori of the Peoples Democratic Party winner of the March 18 Governorship election with three hundred and sixty thousand, two hundred and thirty four votes.

Meanwhile, Delta State Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, has given thanks to God for the tribunal judgement that affirmed him as the duly elected governor of the state.

In a well attended thanksgiving service held at Government House Chapel, Asaba, Governor Oborevwori described d judgement as key to the quest for enduring democracy in the the state.

Among those who attended the thanksgiving service was a former governor of the state, Doctor Emmanuel Uduaghan.

Cov/Sam Erhunmwunsee/FRCN Asaba.

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