The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Prince Sam Obi has been sworn as the acting Governor of the State. This followed the sacking of the erstwhile Governor of the State, Emmanuel Uduagham by the National Court of Appeal sitting in Benin yesterday. The appeal court was presided over by Justice Mensah, who ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a re-run election in three months.
The Speaker was sworn by the State Chief Judge this afternoon.
Meanwhile Nigeria’s ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has expressed consternation at the annulment more so coming at at time the country is preparing for the forthcoming 2011 elections. In a statement the publiciity secretary of the party, My Rufai Alkali stated that the sacked governor, Emmanuel Uduagham remains the State’s gubernitorial candidate in the forthcoming re-run of the state governorship elections.
The annulment was the result of the appeal brought by the governorship candidate of Democratic People’s Party (DPP) in Delta State in the 2007 elections, Great Ogboru against the election of Mr Uduaghan, who has governed the state since 2007.
On October 19, 2009, the five-man Elections Tribunal sitting in Asaba had dismissed the petition filed by Mr. Ogboru challenging the election, in an unanimous decision. The tribunal held that the petitioner failed to prove that there was no election in most of the voting centres, as alleged in his petition and that he also failed to prove a case of gross rigging.