The embattled Nationwide Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has requested the Abuja Division of the Courtroom of Enchantment to affirm that his four-year tenure ends on December 9, 2021.
He additionally requested the appellate courtroom to quash the orders of the 2 excessive courts that restrained him because the nationwide chairman of the celebration.
Secondus additionally requested the courtroom to nullify his suspension, insisting that Part 59(3) of the PDP structure clearly acknowledged that the ward or the state government committee of any state has no powers to droop any nationwide officer of the celebration.
Following makes an attempt to take away Secondus from workplace by some chieftains of PDP, the governors of the celebration, Board of Trustees (BoT) members, former Senate Presidents, former governors, and different leaders of the celebration had on August 10, 2021, abridged his tenure by bringing the celebration’s Nationwide Conference ahead from December 2021 to October.
They’d additionally prevailed on the Secondus-led Nationwide Working Committee of the celebration (NWC) to not search re-election on the October Nationwide Conference.
Political analysts had thought that the intervention of the leaders of the celebration would calm frayed nerves,
However a Rivers State Excessive Courtroom, in an interim order dated August 23, 2021 and signed by Justice O. Gbasam and the Assistant Chief Registrar (Litigation), Patricia N. Victor Nwoka, restrained Secondus from parading himself because the PDP Nationwide Chairman.
The claimants/candidates within the swimsuit No HC/240/2021, are: Ibeawuchi Ernest Alex, Dennis Nna Amadi, Emmanuel Stephen and Umezirike Onucha, whereas the defendants are: Secondus and the PDP.
In obedience to the Rivers State Excessive Courtroom order, Secondus abdicated his workplace and handed over to his deputy, Mr. Yemi Akinwonmi
Nevertheless, his supporters went to a Kebbi State Excessive Courtroom, which issued an interim order directing him to renew workplace, pending the willpower of the substantive swimsuit.
However few hours after respite got here his means, one other excessive courtroom in Cross River State ordered him to cease parading himself because the Chairman of the principle opposition celebration
The interim order was issued by Justice Edem Kufre, upon an software introduced by a member of the celebration, Enang Wani, forward of the PDP NEC assembly.
To make sure that he returns to his desk and in addition stays in workplace till the top of his tenure, Secondus has requested the appellate courtroom to affirm that his four-year tenure will finish on December 9, 2021.
Within the enchantment filed by his lawyer, Mr. Emeka Etiaba (SAN), the PDP chairman is difficult the order of the Degema Excessive Courtroom in Rivers State and the Calabar Excessive Courtroom in Cross River State.
He argued that Part 59(3) of the PDP structure clearly acknowledged that the wards or the state government committee of any state has no powers to droop any nationwide officer of the celebration
In keeping with him, it’s the Nationwide Government Committee (NEC) of the celebration that has the correct to droop a nationwide officer after he has handed by way of a disciplinary committee.
He additionally insisted that the structure of the celebration assured that the tenure of any member of the NWC, together with the nationwide chairman, is 4 years, stressing that his tenure will finish on December 9.
Chuks Okocha in Abuja