The office of the Chief Registrar in a disclaimer issued 23rd October 2021 with REF. NO. EDJ/PRO/2021/VOL.11/130 said the Court did not restrain PDP South South Vice Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, the State Secretary of the party, Hilary Otsu and others from participating in the party’s National Convention scheduled for October 30th and 31st, 2021.
In the Disclaimer, signed by the High Court’s Chief Registrar, H.O. Osawaru Esq., reads;
“The attention of the Edo State Judiciary has been drawn to the publication by the online media arm of the Vanguard Newspaper, Punch Newspaper, PM news and other online news outlets to the effect that an Edo State High Court presided over by Hon. Justice J.O. Okeaya-Inneh retrained 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 Applicant to serve the originating process by substituted 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 the aforementioned media houses, including the much respected Guardian, Tribune, Vanguard Newspaper were among the papers that 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 retrained by the High Court from attending, participating and voting at the PDP National Convention coming up next weekend.