Obaseki: Court strikes suit barring Edo Gov from partaking in Edo PDP primaries

Obaseki: Court strikes suit barring Edo Gov from partaking in Edo PDP primaries

The Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, June 24, struck out the suit filed by Mr Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama stopping Governor Godwin Obaseki from participating in Thursday’s PDP governorship primaries, in Edo State.

A counsel to the plaintiff, D. C. Denwigwe had in an oral application during the resumption of the hearing on Wednesday, informed the court that the parties in the suit had resolved the matter.

He explained their clients have settled and have directed their counsels to withdraw the case.

He also apologised to the court for the inconvenience and urged that the matter be struck-out based on the oral prayers.

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Also, counsel for the first defendant, Emmanuel Enoidem, concurred to the motion.

However, the presiding Judge, Justice E. O. Obile, struck out the matter follows the submission of the counsels.

After the court ruling, Enoidem who is also the National Legal Adviser of the PDP said they agreed that the party must be united.

Alex Ejesiema, Governor Godwin Obaseki’s lawyer on his part, said they were prepared for it.

He also noted that there is no more obstruction for Governor Obaseki and therefore, he can contest.

1st News had reported that Ogbeide-Ihama filed a suit in the court asking it to prevent any member of the party that has purchased forms but not screened within the time stipulated to contest the PDP primary.

Subsequently, the court granted the request for an accelerated hearing of the suit.

However, before the hearing on the application today; Ogbeide-Ihama’s counsel requested that the court stood down the case for some time, to allow for an out-of-court settlement.

The presiding judge, Justice Emmanuel Obile, granted the prayers after the counsel to all the defendants aligned with the request.

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