The Court of Appeal in Abuja has reinstated the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Oborevwori Sheriff Francis Orohwedor, as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 governorship election in Delta State.
The Court of Appeal on Monday set aside the judgment of the Federal High Court which had on July 7, 2022, nullified his nomination on grounds of forgery and perjury.
Justice Peter Olabisi Ige, who delivered the decision of the Court of Appeal, held that the allegations against the Speaker of Parliament were criminal charges that must be proved beyond reasonable doubt.
The Court of Appeal also held that David Edevbie, who filed the suit in the Federal High Court, should have approached the court by summons for dispute resolution and not by subpoena, for which only affidavits are required.
Justice Ige said the allegation of forgery and falsification of documents against the Speaker of Parliament is such that witnesses are required from those who issued the deeds and the alleged forged documents.
The court, therefore, upheld the Speaker’s victory in the May 25, 2022 primaries where he polled 590 votes, relegating Edevbie to second place with only 113 votes.
Justice Ige held that Justice Taiw Taiwo ‘s judgment upholding the forgery of documents against the Speaker amounted to a miscarriage of justice as the criminal charges were not proved as required by law.