…set to appeal court ruling
Embattled National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has reacted to a court injunction restraining him from parading himself as the National Chairman of the party.
He disclosed that he would challenge the ruling.
In a statement, however, Secondus gave indications that all is still not well between him and Rivers State governor, Mr. Nyesome Wike.
In the statement on his behalf by his media aide, Mr. Ike Abonyi, the legally upstaged PDP boss made an impassioned reaction to his suspension by a Rivers State High Court, which he said Governor Wike circulated through his media aide.
He stated, “The 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 one Kelvin Ebiri, Special Assistant, Media to the Rivers State Governor, Bar Nyesom Wike, announcing that ‘Court Restrains Secondus from Parading himself as National Chairman, member of the PDP.”
“If Secondus and the party are taken to court, they will defend themselves. The PDP and Secondus are not afraid of court.”
“This party is a child of history, owned by Nigerians, bigger than any individual or group, including desperadoes,” he quipped.
A Rivers State High Court had on Monday restrained Secondus from parading himself as PDP National Chairman.
Justice O. Gbasam of the Degema Judicial Division Vacation Court, sitting in Port Harcourt, granted the injunction following a suit No: PHC/2183/CS/2021 filed by Ibeawuchi Ernest Alex, Dennis Nna Amadi, Emmanuel Stephen and Umezirike Onucha against Uche Secondus (1st defendant) and the PDP (2nd defendant).
After listening to the submission of the applicants, the judge granted the interim injunction restraining Secondus from parading himself as the National Chairman of the PDP.
The order read: “An order restraining the 1st Defendant from parading himself as member of the 2nd Defendant or the National Chairman of the Defendant or performing the functions of national chairman of the 2nd defendant or calling, attending or presiding over any meeting of the 2nd defendant or any committee of the 2nd defendant at the Ward, Local Government or State level or calling for any Ward, Local Government or State Congress of the 2nd defendant or setting up committees for such Congresses or participating in any activity of the 2nd defendant whatsoever whilst on suspension as a member of the 2nd defendant pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.”
The judge further 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 by pasting same on his gate at No.1 William Jumbo Street, Old G.R.A Port Harcourt.