The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal filed by Ikie Aghwarianovwe, who sought the disqualification of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta State.
Aghwarianovwe alleged that the governor had provided false information about his academic qualifications and date of birth to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The lead judgment was written by Justice Adamu Jauro and read by Justice Emmanuel Agim on Friday.
In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal, affirming Governor Oborevwori’s eligibility to hold office. The court found no merit in the allegations made by Aghwarianovwe and determined that they were insufficient to warrant the governor’s disqualification.
The ruling by the Supreme Court brings an end to the legal challenge against Governor Oborevwori’s qualification. The decision underscores the court’s affirmation of the governor’s legitimacy and his right to serve as the leader of Delta State.
The dismissal of the appeal by the Supreme Court upholds the principle of due process and highlights the significance of providing substantial evidence when making allegations against public officials. With this resolution, Governor Oborevwori can continue his tenure and focus on governing Delta State, while Aghwarianovwe’s allegations have been deemed unsubstantiated in the eyes of the law.