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PDP to go ahead with convention as Appeal Court dismisses ex-Chairman, Secondus suit

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An Appeal Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has struck out a stay of execution suit filed by the embattled Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman, Uche Secondus, in his effort to restrain the PDP from holding its national convention, which has been scheduled for October 30th and 31st, 2021.

Secondus, in suit number CA/PH/339/2021, against Ibeawuchi Alex and 10 others, urged the court to suspend the convention except he is presiding at the event.

The three-man Appeal Panel dismissed an interlocutory injunction suit filed by its embattled former national chairman, Secondus, seeking to stop the convention from holding.

Reading the judgement, Justice Gabriel Kolawole said Secondus’ suit before it was an after-thought and abuse of court process.

The court blamed him for not acting when his ward and local governments suspended him until now.

It urged the party to go on with the planned convention.

He recalled that Secondus, on two grounds, was seeking an Order of Injunction restraining the PDP from holding the Convention, pending the hearing and determination of his sacking.

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The other was an order directing parties to the appeal to maintain Status Quo Ante Bellum that was before August 22, when he as the National Chairman of the party was removed, pending the hearing and determination of the appeal.

Kolawole noted that the court listened to the various counsel in the matter and made review of the issues raised by the parties, noting that there was no legal right in suspending the decision of the lower court on the substantive matter.

He regretted that since August the party took decision of the convention and set up committees to man the event that he (Secondus) did not take any step only to come few days to the convention to seek suspension.

On the issues of right, Kolawole said that there was no personal right which the court can protect for the applicant, because the office he occupied as the chairman of the party was public.

He bemaoned that Secondus had remained silent since he was sacked and his office taken without saying a word, adding that his late move was to take a shot at the national convention.

Kolawole said granting the prayers would cause inconveniences, noting that greater justice would be done by refusing the application of the appellant to stop the convention, or annulling the decision of the lower court.

“The appellant (Secondus) motion fails and is hereby dismissed.

“The sixth respondent (PDP) is empowered to hold its convention without hindrances,” he read.

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