A High Court in Rivers State on Monday slammed a suspension on Prince Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
1st News reports that the court granted an interim order; restraining Secondus from parading himself as the National Chairman and member of the PDP.
Specifically, this is contained in a statement issued by Mr. Kelvin Ebiri; the Special Assistant (Media) to the Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Monday in Port Harcourt. According to the statement, the order was granted by Justice Okogbule Gbasam of the Degema Judicial Division; presiding over a vacation court in Port Harcourt, pending the determination of the substantive suit.
This followed a suit with no. PHC/2183/CS/2021 filed by Mr Ibeawuchi Alex and three others; listing Secondus and the PDP as respondents.
The court granted the applicants’ prayers after reading the affidavit in support of the motion ex parte; as well as the written address and hearing the submission of Mr H.A. Bello, counsel to the applicants. Further, the order restrained Secondus from performing the functions of National Chairman of the PDP; including calling, attending or presiding over any meeting of the party, among others.
Also, the court restrained Secondus from participating in any activity of the party whatsoever; whilst on suspension as a member of the party pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
In addition, it granted leave to serve by substituted means, the originating summons, motion on notice; as well as all orders made by the court and all subsequent processes on the respondent. Further, it granted leave to serve by substituted means, orders made by the court on the respondents by publishing same in the Nation Newspaper.
1st News reports that Secondus is currently facing a huge battle to retain his position as the PDP Chairman. Leading the charge for the removal of the party helmsman is Governor Wike of Rivers State; who has openly expressed his loss of confidence in Secondus.