*As court strikes off suit stopping his participation
Ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, tomorrow’s primary in Edo State, a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has struck out the suit filed by Mr Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama stopping Governor Godwin Obaseki from participating in the governorship primary elections of the party.
D. C. Denwigwe, (SAN), one of the counsel to the plaintiff, told the court on resumption of the hearing that the parties in the suit have resolved their differences.
He also told that court that their clients have settled and have asked them their counsels to withdraw the case.
He expressed apologies to the court for the inconveniences and urged it to strike out the matter based on the oral prayers.
Emmanuel Enoidem, Counsel for the 1st defendant, Uche Secondus and 3rd to the 7th defendant, counsel for the 2nd defendant, Higher King and Counsel for the 8th and 9th defendants, Alex Ejesiema, also concurred to the motion.
However, the presiding Judge, Justice E. O. Obile, struck out the matter following the submission of the counsels.
Obile in his ruling said: “I commend the counsel and parties for settling out of court as it is the proper thing to do.”
Speaking after the court proceedings, Alex Ejesiema, noted that the ruling of the court meant that Obaseki could now contest the primary election of the party.
He noted that the PDP was ready to challenge the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter before it was struck out, adding that it was an internal party affair.
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Recall that, Mr. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, had refused to step down for the Obaseki and challenge his (Obaseki’s) legality to contest the election, and had obtained an order stopping the Governor from participating.
When the court resumed commencing an accelerated hearing on the matter, it rather had stood down the hearing for three hours following an oral application by counsel for the plaintiff, Ferdinand Orbih, praying the court to grant the parties four hours to concluded it meeting on the reconciliatory move by the leaders of the party.
Orbih informed the court that the process of out of court settlement had commenced within the party, urging the court for more time.
However, Hon Justice E.O Obile, had granted the prayers of the counsel for Ogbeide-Ihama, Orbih, to enable the parties to resolve their terms of settlement.