By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State, Mr. Edward Sado, and the state youth leader of the party, Chief Francis Inegbeneki, yesterday withdrew their suit filed against the national leadership of the party at the Benin High Court.
Sado, who is the chairman of the faction of the party led by two-time governor of old Bendel State, Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia, had gone to the court to challenge the decision of the national leadership of the party to anoint the late Chief Samson Ekhabafe as chairman of the party in the state.
Sadoâ€™s argument had been that the congress which produced him was monitored by the same national leadership and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), after which a certificate of return was issued to him.
However, following the notice of discontinuance of the case dated September 25, 2009, with suit number, B22803, the presiding Judge, Justice Cromwell Idahosa, declared that the names have been struck out of the case.
Vanguard, however, learnt that six other persons in the suit have reiterated their resolve to continue with the suit.
Chief Inegbeneki, who addressed newsmen shortly after they left the court, said they decided to withdraw the case in the interest of the party in the state.
According to him, â€œwe decided to do this because I still love my party, I believe in PDP and I do not want it to die”.
â€œBecause of the love for my party, I can no longer be in court against my party. I have discovered that the party in Edo state is dying and in order to revive the party, I have decided to withdraw my signature from the suit.
â€œWe discovered that the continuous fight against ourselves will not do us any good. I can also confirm to you that in the same spirit, Sado, as a leader, has also withdrawn his case.
â€œHe is a committed PDP member. He was actually elected at the congress but as a leader he decided to withdraw the case because he cannot be chairman over a dead party.Â Therefore, in order for the party to reposition himself, Sado has withdrawn his signature.â€