The crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a new twist as the National Chairman, Uche Secondus, finally spoke against the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.
NewsWireNGR recalls the High Court in Rivers on Monday granted an interim order, restraining Secondus from parading himself as the National Chairman and member of party.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by Mr Kelvin Ebiri, the Special Assistant (Media) to Rivers Governor on Monday in Port Harcourt.
According to the statement, Justice Okogbule Gbasam of the Degema Judicial Division presiding over a vacation court in Port Harcourt, granted the order, pending the determination of the substantive suit.
This followed a suit, 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 and the written address and hearing the submission of Mr H.A. Bello, counsel to the applicants.
The order also 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.
The order restrained Secondus also 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.
The court also granted leave to serve by substituted means, the originating summons, motion on notice, all orders made by the court and all subsequent processes on the respondent.
Reacting, Ike Abonyi, the Senior Special Adviser on Media to Secondus said; “Media office of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has been inundated with calls from media houses on a press statement sent to newsrooms by Kelvin Ebiri, Special Assisatant Media to the Rivers state Governor, Bar Nysom Wike announcing that “Court Restrains Secondus from Parading himself as National Chairman, Member of PDP”.
Our reaction- “If Secondus and the party are taken to court they will defend themselves.
“It’s disheartening that the interim order of court used in removing the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN,Justice Walter Onnoghen unilaterally in January, 2019 for which PDP vehemently condemned is resurrecting again from Port Harcourt.
“PDP and Secondus are not afraid of court, this party is a child of history, owned by Nigerians, bigger than any individual including desperadoes”.