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Prince Uche Secondus, Ex-PDP National Chairman

Secondus fails again as Appeal court orders PDP to go ahead with National Convention;  Reps PDP Caucus hails court’s decision

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Prince Uche Secondus, Ex-PDP National Chairman

By Precious Akutamadu, Port Harcourt/EricJames Ochigbo, Abuja, Oct. 29, 2021

The Appeal Court in Port Harcourt has dismissed a suit by the suspended national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus aimed at stopping the party’s convention.
The Court also ordered the PDP to go ahead with the party’s national convention scheduled to hold in Abuja on Saturday and Sunday.
The panel of three judges led by Justice Haruna Tsammani gave the order in a judgment in which it held that the application lacked merit.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that Secondus filed a suit marked: CA/PH/339/2021 seeking, among others, to restrain the PDP from conducting its national convention.
The court held that the application was an afterthought and abuse of court processes, adding that after due consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case, it was “neither just nor convenient to agree to the appellant’s application.”
The panel of three judges led by Justice Haruna Tsammani found no merit in Secondus’ appeal saying he voluntarily relinquished his office since he did not challenge his removal at ward and local government levels.Justice Gabriel Kolawole who read the judgment on behalf of the panel members, ruled that Secondus’ application was a distraction against the PDP in holding its convention.

Kolawole upheld the judgment of the lower court, reiterating that Secondus failed to join the acting national chairman nominated by the party to oversee the convention in the suit.

“And, he (Secondus) cannot claim to fight for personal right to clinch back his position after the party that gave him the power has already given it out to another,” the judge added.
“Having regards to this development, to accede to the appellant’s application will cause greater problems and confusion to the 6th respondent (PDP)” especially as it relates with all plans and arrangements for its National Convention,” he said.
NAN reports that Mr. Henry Bello one of the counsel to PDP who spoke on behalf of other counsel said that the court had dismissed the application of Secondus to stop the PDP National Convention.
Bello stated that several reasons had been given by the court but stressed that: “We have not been given true certified copy so we will not like to mislead the public, but it is sufficient that the court has not found any merit in the application so the application is dismissed,” he said.
Mr. Tayo Oyetibo counsel for the appellant, in an interview with newsmen said that the court agreed that the application was not an abuse of court process contrary  to the view of others.
He stated that the court took the view  that because of all the arrangements that the party had made and also the expenses that they had incurred the injunction will not be accepted so the court has directed that the PDP should continue it’s national Convention.
“But the instruction is that the appeal continues depending on the out come of the appeal, if we succeed it will have an impact on whatever decision that is taken by the national Convention because we still have an appeal pending in this court.

Meanwhile, Rep. Kingsley Chinda (PDP-Rivers), the leader of the PDP Caucus in the House of Representatives has described the dismissal of the suit filed by Secondus against the party as victory for democracy.

Chinda, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja, said that neither Secondus nor the PDP won the case, saying that the victory was for all Nigerians.

NAN reports that the Court of Appeal Port Harcourt Division, on Friday, dismissed a suit by Secondus, challenging his suspension as national chairman of the PDP for lack of merit.

Secondus had also prayed the Court to restrain the PDP from conducting the forthcoming national convention of the party which the court did not also grant.

Chinda assured that regardless of the outcome of the judgment, Secondus was going to work closely with the party to enthrone good leaders in future elections.

“It is a welcome development and strengthens our democracy to restate that power belongs to the people.

“However, regardless of the judgment, neither PDP nor Secondus won but victory was for the people of Nigeria and indeed democracy.

“I can assure you that the former national chairman of the party will work with the party as the leaders will all meet and sort out the issues whilst not compromising visionary leadership,” he said.

Also, Rep. Nicholas Ossai (PDP-Delta) congratulated the Judiciary and the PDP family on the outcome of the judgment.

Ossai said that it was better for leaders to listen to the decision of the people rather than doing otherwise against their wishes.

“It is a welcome development, this is justice delivery.

“The entire PDP had agreed to process a convention, a party that had given him a lot of lifeline to occupy some sensitive positions from state party chairman, organising secretary up to the point of becoming national chairman.

“It is a good one, sometimes we make compromises, I did not like the way he went to Court, some people may look at it differently, for me, I think he is a strong party man occupying the most exalted position.

“So if the party in general which are the people agree that this is the way to go, all you need to do is to go along , it does not diminish you.

“For me it is a great one, I congratulate the judiciary, I congratulate the PDP family,’’ he said.

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