The Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on Wednesday morning granted a three-hour stand down for parties to explore an amicable out-of-court settlement in the suit seeking to bar Governor Godwin Obaseki from contesting in the Edo State Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship primary scheduled for Thursday.
Justice E.O. Obile granted the stand down following an oral application by the plaintiff’s lawyer, Mr Ferdinand Orbih (SAN).
The counsel for the respondents -Emmanuel Enoidem, Higher King, Alex Ejesiema, and M. E. Ani – did not object to the prayer for a stand down to allow parties to talk.
Justice Obile ordered the parties to within three hours discuss and document their terms of settlement.
He said the case would be recalled at 12.30pm for the parties to brief the court on the outcome of their discussion.
The Judge said the case would be recalled at adjourned date the matter till 012.30pm for contraction of hearing and possible decision on the matter.
Hon Ogbeide Ihama has withdrawn the suit seeking disqualification of Governor Obaseki from the court.