The Court of Appeal on Thursday granted the Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in Delta, Ken Pela, approval to return to the Delta State Election Tribunal to continue his petition against Governor Sheriff Oborevwori.
DAILY POST recalls that the Tribunal had dismissed LP’s petition against Governor Sheriff on the ground that he abandoned his pre-hearing.
Not satisfied by the ruling, Pela took the matter to the Court of Appeal in Abuja, where he contested the election tribunal’s decision.
With the Appeal judgment, Ken Pela will return to the tribunal panel sitting at Delta to continue his case.
Meanwhile, the victory at the Appeal Court does not imply that Ken Pela has been declared the winner of the March 28 gubernatorial election in the State.
Recalls that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced that Oborevwori won the governorship election with a total of 360,234 votes to defeat his closest opponent, Ovie Omo-Agege of the All Progressive Party (APC), who scored 240,229 votes.
Ken Pela of the Labour Party came third with 48,027 votes, while Great Ogboru of the All Progressives Grand Alliance came fourth with 11,021 votes.
A week ago, the three-man tribunal panel headed by Justice C.O Ahuchaogu reserved judgment on the petition by Omo-Agege against Gov Oborevwori.
“This win at the court of appeal is for the case earlier dismissed to be heard at the tribunal to be reinstated” – Ken Pela
Labour Party Governorship Candidate for Delta State. pic.twitter.com/p7mXiZJTet
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