An Omoku High Court Presided over by Justice G.C. Aguma has rejected the report on the Obie Community Development Committee Election in Ogba Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State.
His Royal Highness John Ochomma and three others had filed an action in the court challenging the election of Mr. Gift N. Dappa as the Obie Community Development Committee Chairman in suit No OHC/13/2009.
At the resumed hearing of the matter in the High Court however, the counsel to the claimants, Azubuike Okirie Esq had informed the court that the matter has been settled at the palace of the Oba of Ogbaland and the report, accordingly filed with the court.
The counsel to the defendants, Chukwuma Eke Esq objected to the admissibility of such settlement report.
According to Eke the settlement report allegedly filed is strange to the defendants, stressing that it cannot be adopted as document for the terms of settlement by his clients.
The defence counsel further told the court that none of the parties signed the purported report filed in the court and this urged the Judge to reject the report.
Accordingly, the court rejected the terms of settlement since it was not endorsed by the parties in dispute stressing that since the defendants have openly repudiated the filed report in court the report thereby filed is rejected.
The court shall accordingly hear the case and decide it on its merit.
The case was, therefore, adjourned to the 30th of September for mention.
It will be recalld that Mr. Gift N.Dappa was norninated and said to be supported by majority of the ruling houses to contest the CDC Chairmanship position, while the paramount Ruler of the community HRH John .A. Ochomma, allegedly backed another contestant for the CDC Chairmanship position.
At the end of the election, Mr Gift N. Dappa was clected by delegates of the majority of the ruling houses.
The paramount Ruler then took the outcome of the election report to the Oba-in-council where a peace committee was set up under the chairmanship of Eze Ali Usomini, Chief Allen Osho.
It was the report of this peace committee that the court rejected.