The determination of who is the actual PDP Governorship candidate for Delta State continues at the Court of Appeal Abuja division. Several motions were filed before the 3-man panel. Among which was a motion for accelerated hearing before the 3-man panel, Justice Olabisi Ige, Justice Bichi, and Justice Barkan.
In their ruling, they decided that hearing in the matter will commence on August 19, 2022, and they have about 60 days for the entire hearing on the matter. That is according to the new INEC electoral act 2022.
After the ruling, Ejes Gist Newspaper speaks to both Counsel for Sheriff Oborevwori and to David Edevbie.
The Counsel to Sheriff Oborevwori, Damian Dodo, said, “I believe the proceedings are going very well.
This matter is a pre-election matter and is time-sensitive. The constitution has limited time for this matter to be held and disposed of.”
The court has shown great respect for that. The motion on accelerated hearing granted today doesn’t in any way compromise or undermine the motion of stay of execution, which is live and still pending before the hourable court.
INEC is always handling this matter in a traditional way. INEC will never remove the name of a candidate until the final determination of the court.
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Counsel to David Edevbie , Eko Ejembi, said the proceedings are just a dressing, that the order of the lower court is a declaration and it is binding from the day it was issued. David Edevbie should be the only valid candidate.
There is no reason INEC shouldn’t obey the judgement. Neither has INEC appealed the ruling. INEC cannot determine which law to obey.
The hearing for the matter between David Edevbie and Sheriff Oborevwori will commence on August 19, 2022.
The court has from now till September 20, 2022, to give a final verdict on the matter.
Recall that Justice Taiwo Taiwo delivered a judgement sacking Sheriff Oborevwori as the Delta PDP Governorship candidate in a FHC/ABJ/795/2022 filed by David Edevbie.
INEC, in its wisdom, has refused to obey the lower court. On the list of governorship candidates, INEC has left the column of Delta PDP blank by refusing to list any candidate for PDP.
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