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Supreme Court Dismisses Gbagi’s Petition Against Oborevwori

The Supreme Court on Thursday 12 dismissed an appeal brought to challenge the election of the Delta State Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, by Chief Kenneth Gbagi, the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

The Supreme Court described the appeal as a waste of time, a mere academic exercise, and one that lacked utilitarian value.

Gbagi, through his legal team led by Chief Adeniyi Akintola, SAN, filed the appeal against the judgment of the Election Petition Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.

He sought to provide fresh evidence that was not fore-loaded and absent during the trial.

He had claimed to have found new evidence to prove his petition against the governor and had made an application for the case to be reopened on the assigned day for the adoption of final written addresses by the Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Asaba.

The Tribunal had dismissed his application for being belated, incompetent, and strange, as the new document he was trying to introduce was not pleaded in his petition.

The Tribunal advanced to conclude the hearing of the petition and found Gbayi’s claim of being the winner of the contest was baseless.

Unsatisfied with the ruling of the Tribunal, Gbayi filed an appeal against the Tribunal’s refusal to address his application for the reopening of his case.

The Court of Appeal, while dismissing his appeal, held that the Tribunal was right in its refusal to reopen his case. Dismissing his application as an abuse of the court process.

Counsel for the PDP, Ekene Ohwovoriole, SAN, and Ayo Asala, SAN, for Governor Oborevwori, had argued that the appeal lacked merit as the Tribunal was already dissolved.

In a unanimous judgment by Justice John Inyang Okoro, the Supreme Court held that the 180-day period for the petition hearing had expired, and since the Tribunal to hear the appeal had been dissolved, no venue was available to hear the appeal.Photo Credit: Guardian

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