Edo 2020: Obaseki gets greenlight to contest PDP primaries, Ogbeide-Ihama withdraws case
NEWSMAN, Abuja – A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers state has struck out the suit filed by governorship aspirant, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama which tried to stop Governor Edo state Governor Godwin Obaseki from participating in Thursday’s governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Benin.
One of the counsels for the plaintiff, D. C. Denwigwe, (SAN) had upon court resumption of hearing in an oral application informed the court that the parties in the suit have resolved their differences, Vanguard reported.
Denwigwe informed the court that their clients had settled out of court and demanded that their counsels withdraw the case. He apologised 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.
“I commend the counsel and parties for settling out of court as it is the proper thing to do”, presiding Judge, Justice E. O. Obile said. He then struck out the matter following the submission of both counsels.
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 said the PDP was initially prepared to challenge the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter before it was struck out, adding that it was an internal party affairs.
It would be recalled that Ogbeide-Ihama, who had refused to step down for Obaseki had challenged his (Obaseki’s) legality to contest the election, and had obtained an order stopping the Governor from participating in the Edo primaries of the PDP.
The court had earlier 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 conclude meeting on the reconciliatory moves by leaders of the party.
Orbih had informed the court that the process of out of court settlement had commenced within the party, urging the court for time.