Justice Emmanuel Obile of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has struck out a suit seeking to bar Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, from participating in the governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scheduled for Thursday, June 25.
The judge struck out the suit following a successful out of court settlement by all the parties.
One of the aspirants for the governorship ticket of the party, Omoregie Ogbeide Ihama, had approached the court to seek an order to stop Governor Obaseki from participating in the governorship primary. Ihama argued that only those who purchased the governorship forms within the stipulated time should be allowed to participate in the primary election.
However, after he reportedly struck a deal with the party and Governor Obaseki, he instructed his lawyers to withdraw the case.
Obaseki resigned from APC on June 16 and joined the PDP on June 19. He was given a waiver and allowed to purchase the party’s governorship form and join the race for the party’s governorship ticket, a decision that threw the party into crisis.