Primaries: Obaseki cleared as PDP aspirant withdraws suit

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Primaries: Edo State Governor Obaseki, cleared to run

THE chances of Edo State governor Godwin Obaseki, to run for re-election and realize a second term as governor improved, with the withdrawal of a suit seeking his disqualification to contest the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries.

The counsel, Mr. D. C. Denwigwe (SAN) to a PDP governorship aspirant in the forthcoming governorship primaries, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, on Wednesday withdrew the suit praying the court to restrain Obaseki from contesting the primaries.

Justice Emmanuel Obile of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt granted the request, as both parties sought for an out-of-court settlement of the matter.

The same court had ruled on Monday that Obaseki, who defected to the PDP from the All Progressives Congress (APC), could not be a part of the primaries after  Ogbeide-Ihama, claimed that Obaseki did not purchase a PDP form and did not participate in the screening within the schedule as stipulated by the electoral commission 

By seeking to withdraw the suit, Ogbeide-Ihama has cleared the way for Obaseki to contest the primaries slated for Thursday June 25.

The Federal High Court, had earlier granted Ogbeide-Ihama’s request for an accelerated hearing of the suit, but the proceedings on Wednesday ended abruptly after counsel to Ogbeide-Ihama requested that it stand down the case.

Obaseki had also approached a High Court in the Ekpoma judicial division, Tuesday, and obtained a ruling restraining the PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from excluding him and other cleared aspirants from participating in the primaries.

The governor was granted a waiver by the PDP to participate in the primaries after he resigned from the APC, which disqualified him from participating in the party’s primaries, last Tuesday.

Those joined in the lawsuit are the PDP and its national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, INEC, Emmanuel Ogidi, Kingsley Chinda, Chief Derekeme Boyleyefa, Senator James Manager, Barrister Ajibola Muraina.

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