Court dismisses Secondus suit seeking to stop PDP National Convention
The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Friday dismissed a suit filed by the suspended National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, seeking to stop the party’s National Convention scheduled for Saturday.
Secondus had filed an interlocutory application before the court seeking, inter alia, to stop the Convention because the party suspended him from office before the end of his tenure.
Delivering judgement, a three-man Panel of the Court of Appeal led by Justice Gabriel Kolawole dismissed the suit.
Kolawole described the suit as an “after-thought and abuse of court process”
The appellate court therefore granted PDP leave to go on with the convention as planned without let or hindrance.
The court blamed Secondus for not acting when his ward and local government suspended him until the time he brought the matter before it.
Periscope International recalls that on Aug. 23, some interested members of the party had instituted a suit marked PHC/2183/CS/2021 at the High Court of Rivers State, Port Harcourt Judicial Division, with Secondus and the PDP as defendants.
On September 10, 2021, the court delivered its judgment and restrained Secondus from performing the functions of the national chairman of the PDP.
The suspended chairman subsequently filed an appeal before the Court of Appeal seeking an order of injunction restraining the PDP, its officers and representatives from holding or conducting the national convention scheduled for October 30 and 31, 2021, or any other date pending the hearing and final determination of the appeal.