Certificate forgery: Court orders the removal of PDP Governorship candidate in Delta

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has ordered the removal of the newly elected Delta State Peoples Democracy Party, PDP, candidate for the 2023 governorship election, Mr. Sheriff Oborevwori over allegation of certificate forgery.

Delivering judgment, Justice Taiwo Taiwo directed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the PDP to recognize the plaintiff, David Edevbie, as the candidate of the PDP in the 2023 governorship election in Delta State.

Oborevwori who is the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly had emerged candidate of the PDP in the May 25th primary election of the PDP for the selection of its governorship flag bearer.

However, David Edevbie, a former Commissioner of Finance under former Governor James Ibori, who came second in the primary had contended Oborevwori’s participation in the primary on the grounds of alleged discrepancies in his academic qualifications as well as his age.

He specifically urged the court to bar PDP from submitting Oborevwori’s name as the flagbearer of the party.

Justice Taiwo in his Judgment granted all the reliefs sought by the plaintiff except relief four which sought the prohibition, inhibition, prevention or otherwise restraining Oborevwori from holding out, parading and or advertising himself as the candidate of the PDP for the forthcoming Gubernatorial elections in Delta State scheduled to hold on the 11th of March, next year by the 3rd Defendant.

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