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Obaseki Free To Contest Edo PDP Primary As Court Strikes Out Case

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, has struck out a case seeking to prevent Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State, from participating in the Edo governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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Justice E. O Obile, the presiding judge, struck out the case after all parties to the suit agreed to an out-of-court settlement.

The decision, therefore, clears the path for Governor Obaseki, who decamped from the All Progressives Congress (APC) last Friday, to contest the Edo PDP governorship primary scheduled for Thursday.

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The court had earlier took a three-hour recess after counsel for the plaintiff in the matter informed Justice Obile of plans to settle with the defendants, which counsels for the defendants did not object.

Upon resumption in the afternoon, the plaintiff’s lead counsel, D. C. Denwigwe (SAN), withdrew the suit on the grounds that all parties had settled amicably.

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Justice Obile subsequently struck out the suit and commended the parties for settling out of court, adding that it was the proper thing to do.

Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, one of the aspirants for Thursday’s primary, had instituted a suit before the court, urging the court to bar Governor Obaseki from participating in the Edo PDP governorship primary.

According to Ogbeide-Ihama, the governor just joined the PDP, insisting that only those who purchased the forms during the stipulated window before the waiver granted Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, should be allowed to partake in the primaries.

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