The People’s Democratic Party (PDP)have been directed by an Abuja High Court to desist from recognizing Mr Oborevwori Sheriff Francis Orhowedor as its 2023 Delta State governorship flag bearer in the light of damning evidence brought before the court against him.
Documents tendered in the court by the plaintiffs attest that Orhowedor submitted credentials including age declaration affidavit and academic certificates bearing different unreconciled names at different times.
The orders emerged from an Ex Parte Motion in suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/715/2022 filed by Moses Ogege and Timinepere Ogobiri of Patani LGA Ward 8 before His Lordship, Hon Justice Taiwo O. Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja Judicial Division on May 31, with the Peoples’ Democratic Party, the Independent National Electoral Commission and Francis Oborevwori as 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants, respectively.
The documents presented to the court by the plaintiffs showed discrepancies and inconsistencies in claims made by Oborevwori in his nomination forms.
Oborevwori changed his name in a deed poll in 2011, however his given old name did not match the name on his tendered age declaration of 1982.
The Abuja High Court therefore in the interim restrained PDP from forwarding the name of Oborevwori to the Independent National Electoral Commission, as well as the INEC from receiving his name and acting in any manner recognising him as the flag bearer of the PDP for the Delta 2023 Governorship elections.
The court also restrained Oborevwori from parading himself as the candidate of the PDP for the Delta 2023 Governorship election.
After listening to Ibrahim Idris SAN, JD Jefia, Osita Alele and Sarafadeen Salimo for the plaintiffs, the court found that there were sufficient grounds to grant the interim injunction sought.
Accordingly, the court ordered the defendants to enter a defence within seven days of service to show cause why the reliefs sought by the plaintiffs should not be granted.
It also ordered the defendants not to do anything along the line of presenting or accepting Mr Oborevwori as the Delta PDP Governorship flag bearer nor Mr Oborevwori acting in such manner until the final determination of the matter by the court.
While the court also granted the plaintiff’s prayers for accelerated hearing, the next date has been fixed for June 9.