- A state high court has rejected Oshiomhole's stay of proceedings filed against Ortom's suit
- The court, however, gave Oshiomhole a go-ahead to approach the appeal court
- Ortom dragged Oshiomhole to court claiming that the latter assassinated his character during a press conference he organised in 2019
The legal battle instituted against Comrade Adams Oshiomhole by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state continues as the court rejected the stay of proceedings application filed by the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The state high court in Benue, The Nation reports, refused to grant Oshiomhole's application in the N10 billion libel suit instituted against him by Governor Ortom, saying the application lacks merits.
The court had in 2019 dismissed Oshiomhole's motion asking it to strike out Ortom’s suit. It, however, gave Oshiomhole a go-ahead to approach the appeal court.
Governor Ortom claimed his person was damaged by the APC chairman who had alleged he has a hand in the death of two religious leaders and others in the state who had reportedly preached against him.
Recall that the Benue state governor used to be a member of the APC before he decamped to the PDP in the buildup to the 2019 elections. Since his defection, he has been at loggerheads with the key leaders in his former party.
Meanwhile, a venue to be used for a political rally in Auchi, Estako West local government area by Oshiomhole has been set ablaze by suspected thugs.
The rally was organised o receive some politicians who defected from other parties into the APC. Two cars, over 1000 chairs, canopies and the stage were burnt.
It was learnt that heavy security was being deployed to the area to forestall any attack. Oshiomhole was said to have arrived his country home ahead of the rally.
A Twitter user, Gloria Adagbon, shared a video of the attack, saying the rally holds despited the altercations.
"APC Edo North Rally holds despite sponsored attacks. Never test the resolve of a people who are determined for change. The pple are poised to resist political tyranny &oppression. Politics is anchored on persuasion, on performance, on achievements & NOT thru violence or coercion," she tweeted.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Ortom blamed politicians for the current woes of the country.
The governor also called on Nigerians to pray fervently for the country leaders.
In other news, Recall that Legit.ng had reported that the ruling that upheld the election victory of Governor Ortom was taken in good faith by his rival, Emmanuel Jime of the APC.
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