The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja today nullified the judgement given by the Federal High Court, Abuja, which declared Olorogun David Edevbie as the lawful and authentic governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Delta State for the 2023 general elections.
The ruling of the Appeal Court followed an appeal filed by Chief Sheriff Oborevwori and the PDP, challenging the judgement of the Federal High Court delivered by Justice Taiwo O. Taiwo.
It was with bated breath the PDP family in the state awaited the judgement following the legal tussle which has in recent weeks polarised the party along Oborevwori and Edevbie.
In nullifying the judgement of the Federal High Court the Appeal Court ruled as follows:
- Allegations of fraud such as fake documents cannnot be resolved by originating summon.
- Case of forgery cannot be decided by affidavit evidence.
- The court just held that the suit ought to have been commenced by writ of summons and not originating summons.
- The court has also held that since the matter is founded on presentation of forged documents will require calling of witnesses.
5.The court also held that the cause of action of David has not crytsalize for the court to assume jurisdiction.
6.Originating summon was wrongly done.
- Lower court had no jurisdiction to entertain the suit.
- Issue one is resolved in Favour of the appellant.
9.Edevbie’s case was not ripe because Sheriff’s name has not been sent to INEC.
The outcome of the judgement in favour of Oborevwori by the Justice Peter Ige, led three-member Appeal panel is expected to mark a turning point in the PDP as it grapples with the injuries so far infected on it following the legal battle.
With the judgment delivered by Justice Peter Olabisi Ige, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori remains the governorship candidate of the PDP in the 2023 elections of Delta State.