Finally, Court dismisses suit seeking to stop Obaseki from contesting PDP primaries

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has dismissed a suit seeking to stop Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State from participating in the forthcoming Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election in the state.

The party  fixed its primary election to hold on Thursday.

According to Channels TV, this comes after the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt granted the request by one of the governorship aspirants, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, to have the matter stood down to enable an out of court settlement.

Ogbeide-ihama had 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.

He also alleged that Obaseki’s defection to the party, a few days to the primary, was unreasonable and aimed at destabilising other aspirants.

The court, on Wednesday, granted the request for an accelerated hearing of the suit but before the hearing on the application today, Ogbeide-Ihama’s counsel requested that the court stood down the case for some time.




     

     

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

    Governor Obaseki got a waiver of the PDP to join the race under its platform after resigning from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

    Meanwhile, a High Court of Justice in the Ekpoma judicial division on Tuesday restrained the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from excluding Governor Godwin Obaseki and the other cleared aspirants from participating in the Edo State governorship primary.

    The court ordered that the PDP and the electoral umpire should not exempt any of the aspirants who have been cleared by the party from participating in the gubernatorial primary slated for the 25th June 2020.

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    Samad Uthman is a multimedia journalist with the International Centre for Investigative Reporting. He tweets @sarmerdk2 and can be shot through [email protected]

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