Drama, as Secondus Returns After Another Court Judgment

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The dust had barely settled regarding the ratification of Yemi Akinwonmi as the acting national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) when Justice Nusirat Umar of the Kebbi State High Court ordered Prince Uche Secondus to return to his position as the national chairman of the party.

Prince Uche Secondus

This is coming three days after a Rivers State High Court issued an order of interim injunction restraining him from parading himself as the chairman. Judge Okogbule Gbasam had issued the order following an ex parte application filed by four applicants: Ibeawuchi Alex, Dennis Amadi, Emmanuel Stephen, and Umezerike Onucha, as plaintiffs.

However, Justice Umar, a vacation judge of the Kebbi High Court, ordered Secondus to return to his position. This brings a new twist to the challenges facing the leading opposition party. Secondus and the PDP are first and second respondents respectively in the suit brought before the court by three claimants and members of the party: Yahaya Usman, Abubakar Mohammed and Bashar Suleman.

In a suit brought before her in Birinin Kebbi, the state capital, in case KB/AC/M. 170/2021, Justice Umar said she was convinced after reading the affidavit of the respondents that an interim order should be granted on the purported suspension of Secondus pending the determination of the case.

“An order of this honourable court granting leave to the first respondent (Uche Secondus) to continue exercising all the constitutional powers of the office of chairman of PDP (second defendant) as enshrined in both 1999 Constitution of Nigeria as amended and the PDP Constitution pending the hearing and final determination of applicant’s motion on notice,” she ruled.

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