Court returns Secondus as PDP national chairman

A Kebbi State High Court has returned Uche Secondus to return to his position as national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The court presided over by a vacation judge, Justice Nusirat I. Umar, ordered 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 Peoples Democratic Party’s constitution…”

Giving the order in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday while ruling in suit no: KB/AC/M. 170/2021, where Secondus and the PDP are defendants/respondents, Justice Umar said she was satisfied after reading the affidavit of the respondents that an interim order be granted on the purported suspension of Secondus pending judgment.

Meanwhile, Secondus will remain in his position pending the hearing and final determination of applicants’ motion on notice filed by party members, Yahaya Usman, Abubakar Mohammed and Bashar Suleman.

Earlier, the PDP has confirmed the appointment of the Deputy National Chairman (South), Elder Yemi Akinwonmi, as its national chairman in acting capacity.

The PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, told journalists on Thursday that Akinwonmi was affirmed as the national chairman after a National Working Committee closed door meeting in Abuja on Thursday.

Ologbondiyan said party’s National Executive Council (NEC) has been rescheduled for Saturday.

According to him: “Elder Yemi Akinwonmi was unanimously affirmed as Acting National Chairman.

“We will be holding our caucus and another NWC meeting tomorrow preparatory to holding our National Executive Council meeting at 12 ‘O’clock on Saturday.”

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