The High Court seating in Benin, Edo State, has denied restraining the Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in South-South, Chief Dan Orbih, the Edo State Secretary of the PDP, Hilary Otsu, and others from participating in the forthcoming PDP national convention.
This honourable court disclosed this through it’s Chief Register in a disclaimer notice released on October 23, 2021.
The disclaimer notice, was signed by the Edo State High Court’s Chief Register, H.O. Osawaru Esq.
The notice reads in part: “The attention of the Edo State Judiciary has been drawn to the publication by online media to the effect that an Edo State High Court presided over by Hon. Justice J.O. Okeaya-Inneh restrained the National Vice Chairman (South-South of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP), Chief Dan Orbih, and the State Secretary of the party, Hilary Otsu, and others from participating in the party’s national convention scheduled for October 30 and 31, 2021.
“Let it be stated for record purposes that no such restraining order was issued by Hon. Justice J.O. Okeaya-Inneh. The applicants were only ordered to place the respondents on notice, and leave was granted to the claimants/applicants to serve the originating process on the PDP outside the jurisdiction of the court and a further leave was granted to the applicants to serve the originating process by substitute means. The enrollment order, which the media houses based their publication on, did not place a restraining order on anyone.
“This disclaimer was necessary as media houses published the false narrative with deliberate intention to mislead the unsuspecting public that Chief Dan Orbih, Rt. Hon. Ogbiede-Ihama, Chief Hillary Otsu and others were restrained by the High Court from attending, participating and voting at the PDP national convention coming up next weekend”, the notice read.