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Ogbeide-Ihiama suit against Obaseki struck out

Justice Emmanuel Obile of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has struck out an application filed by a governorship aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihiama.

The application sought to stop the Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki from participating in the PDP primaries scheduled for Thursday, June 25.

Justice Obile struck out the suit after all the parties in the matter agreed to resolve their issues out of court.

The presiding judge, Justice Obile stood down the matter for three hours following appeal by the lawyer to the plaintiff, Ferdinand Orbih.

Orbih requested that they should be given a brief period to explore an out of court settlement.

The judge had while ruling on a motion ex parte on Tuesday granted an order restraining Obaseki from participating in a primary election of the PDP.

The order was meant to subsist until the determination of a suit filed by Ogbeide-Ihama.

The court also ordered accelerated hearing on the matter and reconvened on Wednesday.

But the lawyer to Ogbeida-Ihama told the court that there were moves by the parties to the suit to settle the matter outside the court.

He, therefore, 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.

The judge said that sitting on the matter would resume by 12.30pm.

Upon resumption, he struck out the application filed by Ogbeide-Ihiama.

In a related development, ElombahNews had reported that PDP, on Tuesday, petitioned the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council, Mohammed Tanko, against Justice Obile.

PDP filed the petition against Justice Obile over the injunction he granted the governorship aspirant over the upcoming PDP primary election.

Ogbeide-Ihama had obtained the court order to stop Obaseki from participating in the Edo State PDP primary.

PDP asked Chief judge of the Federal High Court to reassign the suit to a Judge of the Federal High Court sitting at the Abuja Division of the Court.

The party also demanded that immediate disciplinary action be commenced against Justice Obile.

It indicted the judge “for invidiously assuming jurisdiction and taking sides in the political conflict in Edo State with a view to disrupting the political process”.

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