- Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has delayed the hearing on a suit filed against Governor Obaseki
- Crisis has been brewing in PDP after Obaseki defected to the party to contest governorship primary following his exit from APC
- One of the aspirants, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, approached the court over the waiver granted Obaseki by the party
In what seems like a final battle for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of its governorship primary slated for Thursday, June 25, the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, has delayed an accelerated hearing on a suit filed against Governor Godwin Obaseki.
The Nation reports that the suit was filed to stop Obaseki from contesting the PDP's primary election where its standard-bearer for September 19 governorship election in the state would emerge.
Legit.ng gathered the court presided over by Justice E.O. Obile stood down the matter for three hours following an appeal by the lawyer to the plaintiff, Ferdinand Orbih, that they should be given a brief period to explore an out of court settlement.
The judge had while ruling on a motion exparte on Tuesday, June 23, granted an order restraining Obaseki from participating in a primary election of the PDP following the determination of a suit filed by one of the aspirants, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama.
The court also ordered an accelerated hearing on the matter and reconvened on Wednesday, June 24.
But the lawyer to Ogbeida-Ihama told the court that there were moves by the parties to the suit to settle the matter outside the court and urged the judge to stand down the proceedings for four hours.
Obile, however, asked the parties to take three hours to document their terms of settlement and inform the court, which he said would resume by 12.30 pm.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that there were indications that Obaseki might not be on the ballot box unless the roadblocks against him are cleared.
It was reported that the governor joined the PDP after falling down the pecking order with his former party, APC.
Three aspirants had already been cleared by the party but Gideon Ikhine, a top hopeful, later stepped down for the governor after leaders of the party prevailed.
However, all efforts to convince Ihama and Keneth Imasuagbon to take the same path were said to have hit a brick wall and all attempts have been made to end the governor's stint in PDP.
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