Appeal Court strikes out suit challenging Secondus’ suspension from PDP


Rivers Court of Appeal has dismissed an application challenging the suspension of the former chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus from the party.

The PDP had filed the application at the appellate court to test the validity of Secondus’ suspension from the main opposition party after which a panel of three justices led by Justice Haruna Tsammani struck out the suit during its sitting in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

During proceedings, PDP’s new counsel, Sunday Ameh told the court that upon going through the processes, he did not find the need to continue with the application.

However, the court fixed Thursday, 28th of October, to hear and rule on the motion for Interim order of injunction brought by Secondus against the PDP and others.

Secondus through his Counsel, Payo Oyetubo, is asking the court to suspend the October, 30th and 31st National Convention of the party and grant him the right to preside over the convention.

It is, however, not clear if the court would make any pronouncement on the adjourned date.

The PDP had fixed October 30 and 31 for a special convention to elect new national officers in Abuja, as a means to resolve the internal crisis that rocked the Secondus led National Working Committee of the party.

But Secondus is not pleased with the decision to conduct the convention which would abruptly end his tenure that was due to expire in December.

The suspended PDP National Chairman later filed an application as part of the processes in the ongoing litigation over his suspension from the party, to stop the party from holding the convention.

After listening to the argument from the parties, Justice Tsuammani ordered counsel to the plaintiff to serve the process on the defendant’s Counsel within 24 hours. He also urged respondents’ counsels to respond within 24 hours and adjourned till 28th of October, for hearing and possible ruling on the motion.

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