Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has 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 tomorrow.
Presiding judge, Justice E.O. Obile, on Wednesday morning, granted the stand down following an oral application by the plaintiff’s lawyer, Mr Ferdinand Orbih (SAN).
Counsel for the respondents -Emmanuel Enoidem, Higher King, Alex Ejesiema, and M. E. Ani – did not object to a stand down to allow parties to talk.
Justice Obile ordered the parties to within three hours discuss and document their terms of settlement.
The judge said the case would be recalled at 12.30pm for the parties to brief the court on the outcome of their discussion.
He then adjourned the matter till 12.30pm for contraction of hearing and possible decision on the matter.