With the credibility crisis rocking the academic credentials of Sheriff Oberevwori, speaker of Delta state house of assembly, president of Committee for the Defense of Human Rights (CDHR), Prince Kehinde Taiga, has called for the resignation of Oborevwori as speaker of the state house of assembly.
Embattled Oborevwori has been having legal battles over the certificate he presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2023 governorship election in the state.
But a look at the different certificates shows conflicting names ranging from the first school leaving certificate through the Masters’ degree and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). Prior to the guber primaries which held on May 25, there were calls for the speaker to step down by discerning Deltans.
However, at the primaries which held in Asaba at the Stephen Keshi stadium, Oborevwori defeated Olorogun David Edevbie, James Manager, Kingsley Otuaro, Peter Mrakpor and others, making him emerge winner of the election and the eventual candidate of the party for the 2023 governorship election.
But David Edevbie, who emerged second in the race, filed a lawsuit calling for the disqualification of Sheriff Oborevwori over allegations of forged and fake certificates. According to the judgment delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Abuja Federal High Court, Oborevwori’s name should be replaced with the name of David Edevbie.
In a bid to block the replacement of his name with that of Edevbie, Oborevwori has reportedly appealed the judgment in a bid to prevent his name from being removed as the candidate of the PDP in the 2023 general elections. According to reports, the case is at present in the court of appeal.
However, Kehinde Taiga, a human rights activist in Delta is calling for the resignation of Oborevwori from office on account of the scandal rocking his credentials. Taiga believes that the person to occupy the office of the speaker of a state house of assembly should have clean records in all spheres of life.
He said the issue that led to the resignation of Kemi Adeosun, a former minister of finance was not as grievous as this. He said it is sad that the speaker has this academic qualification issues but still presides over the state house of assembly.
He called on members of the house to do the needful by sacking the speaker and installing a more competent individual to run affairs of the house. He said if he fails to step down, the human rights community in the state would mobilise to stage a protest in the premises of the state house of assemb