… Court strikes out suit seeking his exclusion
EDO State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, would be participating in the Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial primary election today as Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, yesterday struck out the suit seeking to bar the governor from taking part in the exercise.
The court, presided over by Justice Emmanuel Obile took the decision following a successful out of court settlement by all the parties.
One of the PDP aspirants, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, was said to have struck a deal with Obaseki and other PDP leaders and immediately instructed his lawyers to withdraw the suit.
The court had earlier stood down the matter for three hours following appeal by the lawyer to the plaintiff, Ferdinand Orbih that they should be given a brief period to explore an out of court settlement.
The judge while ruling on a motion exparte on Tuesday, granted an order restraining Obaseki from participating in a primary election of the PDP following the determination of a suit filed by Ogbeide-Ihama.
However, at the resumption of proceedings for accelerated hearing, the lawyer to Ogbeida-Ihama told the court that there were moves by the parties to settle the matter outside the court and urged the judge to stand down the proceedings for four hours.
Obile, however, asked the parties to take three hours to document their terms of settlement and inform the court scheduled to reconvene by 12.30pm.
When the court resumed, the lawyers to the plaintiff led by D. C. Denwigwe, (SAN), in an oral application, informed the court that the parties in the suit had resolved their differences.
Denwigwe said following the settlement, their clients asked them to withdraw the case and urged the court to strike out the suit.
The lawyers to the defendants aligned with the position of the plaintiff’s lawyers and asked the court to strike it out.
The presiding judge while striking out the matter, commended the counsels and parties for their decision to settle out of court.