Uche Secondus, the embattled National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and scores of his supporters stormed the party headquarters, located at Wadata Plaza on Friday.
Secondus entered his office at 9.51 pm ahead of the 10.00 am National Working Committee meeting.
His action is premised on a Court order issued by a Birnin Kebbi High Court reinstating him as chairman.
A Rivers State High Court had last week restrained Secondus from parading himself as National Chairman until the determination of the substantive suit.
Acting on the order, the party organs including the NWC, the Board of Trustees as well as the party’s Governors Forum ratified the Deputy National Chairman (South) Yemi Akinwonmi, as Acting National Chairman, after a series of meetings on Thursday.
However, in a twist to the saga, a Kebbi State High Court sitting in Birnin-Kebbi issued a stay of execution and reinstated Secondus as Chairman.
Justice Nusirat Umar who is on vacation at the Kebbi High Court gave the order in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday while ruling in suit no: KB/AC/M. 170/2021.
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The presiding judge noted that she is satisfied after going through the affidavit of the respondents that an interim order is granted on the purported suspension of Secondus pending judgment.
She granted leave to 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”
Secondus will remain as National Chairman of the main opposition party pending the hearing and final determination of applicants’ motion on notice.
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