The APC Governorship candidate in Delta State, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege has challenged the election of the Governor-Elect, Mr Sheriff Oborevwori.
The National Election Tribunals for the Gubernatorial and House of Assembly Elections held in Delta State has resumed sitting in the State Capital, Asaba.
Omo-Agege in his petition alleged fraudulent counting, collation, recording of false results and declaration of the results across the 25 Local Government areas in the State and contends that he be declared the winner of the election through the lawful votes cast during the election.
Whilst there are several petitions challenging elections into the State House of Assembly elections as well as of the National Assembly seats, all eyes are on challenges to the Governor-elect, Oborevwori of the PDP.
Esther Esevohe and the Action Alliance are also challenging the election of Mr Sheriff Oborevwori.
Also, in the fray is Mr Kenneth Gbagi who is suing Oborevwori along with the candidates of the APC, the Labour Party and the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Great Ogboru for the outcome of the same governorship election.
At the heart of the petition is the ascertainment of the valid votes cast and recorded for the candidates in the election.
In a charge at the INEC, Omo-Agege had filed motions for safe custody of the ballot papers, production of same by INEC and a re-count by the tribunal appointed officers assisted by representatives of the parties.
This has sent shivers to the PDP and INEC. Pressure is on INEC to produce the ballot papers, the basis upon which it declared Oborevwori, the governor-elect.
Political watchers suspect that a ballot recount will expose the rigging machinery of the PDP across the Local Governments in the elections.
Will INEC fail to rely on the ballots its officials used to declare the Winner of the Election?
Will the PDP be bold enough to have the ballots counted?
Will the Tribunal buckle and not want to count the ballot papers?
These are material questions that will unfold in Asaba in the new week.
The Supreme Court decision on the relevance of BvarS in proving over-voting and affirming the election of Gov. Ademola Adeleke as Governor of Osun state is making waves across all tribunals in the country.
Pre-Hearing in the governorship petitions was fixed for May 15, 2023.


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