The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will field Oborevwori Sheriff Francis Orohwedor, speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, as its candidate for governor of Delta State in the governorship election scheduled for 2023, according to the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
The Federal High Court’s July 7, 2022 verdict that invalidated his nomination due to certificate fraud and perjury was overturned and set aside by the Apex Court, which affirmed that decision on August 29.
The Speaker was accused of forging certificates and supplying misleading information, both of which Justice Tijani Abubakar said in a lead ruling could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt using originating summons.
The Court agreed that the appellant ought to have approached the Federal High Court via Writ of Summons to enable the resolution of disputes and not by originating summons where only affidavit evidence is required
Justice Abubakar resolved all disputed issues in favour of Oborevwori Sheriff Francis Orohwed as canvassed by his lawyer Mr Damian Dodo (SAN).
The Supreme Court in totality held that the case of the appellant, David Edevbie, has no merit in any form and was subsequently dismissed.