Court avails Governor Obaseki’s out-of-court settlement


The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Godwin Obaseki to investigate the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of equipment has indicted former governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has Wednesday granted the prayers of Counsels for Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirant, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama; PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus; and Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, a three-hour leave to amicably settle their differences outside the formal litigation processes.

The Court which was presided over by Justice E. O. Obile, granted the prayers of Counsel for Ogbeide-Ihama, Ferdinand Orbih, on his submission to the Court said there have been moves by the parties in the suit to resolve the issues before the Court amicably outside the Court.

Orbih prayed his lordship, Justice Obile, to stand down the matter four hours to enable the parties to this suit tidy their terms of settlement.

Counsel for the 1st defendant, Uche Secondus and six other defendants, Emmanuel Enoidem, did not oppose the prayer of the plaintiff to settle out of Court.

Counsel for the 2nd defendant, Higher King, also aligned himself to the position of the plaintiff’s counsel.

Also, Counsel for the 8th and 9th defendants, Alex Ejesiema and M. E. Ani also concurred with the position of their learned colleagues.

Meanwhile, Justice E. O. Obile who frowned at the four hours stand-down period, ordered that the parties in the suit take three hours to document their terms of settlement and inform the Court.

The Judge, however, adjourned the matter till 12.30pm for a contraction of hearing and possible decision on the matter.

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