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Appeal Court Reserves Ruling On Embattled Chairman, Secondus’ Suit Seeking Suspension Of PDP Convention

The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has reserved its decision on a suit by a former Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, seeking the suspension of the party’s convention.
On August 23, 2021, some members of the party reportedly instituted a suit marked PHC/2183/CS/2021 at the High Court of Rivers State, Port Harcourt Judicial Division, with Secondus and the PDP as defendants.

Subsequently, the court delivered its judgment and restrained Secondus from performing the functions of the National Chairman of the PDP.
The suspended chairman then filed an appeal before the Court of Appeal seeking an order of injunction restraining the PDP, its officers and representatives from holding or conducting the national convention scheduled for October 30 and 31, 2021, or any other date pending the hearing and final determination of the appeal.
Meanwhile, the court has now fixed Thursday, 28th of October, to hear and rule on the motion for Interim order of injunction brought by Secondus against the PDP and others, Vanguard reports.
When the matter was mentioned in court, six other members of PDP drew the attention of the court on their application for joinder which was not opposed by counsel to Secondus and was subsequently granted by the three-man panel of the appeal court.
However, the defendants’ Counsel including those who joined in the suit opposed to the motion for Interim injunction by Secondus’ counsel seeking to stop the PDP forthcoming National Convention, asked for time to respond to the process.
The three-man appeal panel led by Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani after listening to the argument from the parties, ordered counsel to the plaintiff to serve the process on the defendant’s Counsel within 24 hours.
Tsammani also urged respondents’ counsels to respond within 24 hours and adjourned till the 28th of October, for hearing and possible ruling on the motion.

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