… As David Mark, committee members, commence peace overtures
As the fight within the PDP intensifies and peacemakers go to work, the move to keep Prince Uche Secondus out of the Chairman’s seat through the courts has taken another turn.
This time, a judgment urging Prince Secondus, a two-time State Chairman of the Rivers PDP, not to contemplate returning to Wadata House, national headquarters of the PDP, has come from the Cross River State capital, Calabar.
A judge sitting in the Cross River capital issued among other things, ” An order of interim injunction restraining the 1st Defendant from assuming the office of National Chairman of the 2 Defendant while seeking re-election to the office of the National Chairman of the 2″ Defendant pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
“An order of interim injunction restraining, the 1st Defendant from acting or purporting to act or to parade himself In any manner howsoever as the National Chairman of the 2nd Defendant, having been restrained from doing so by a court of competent jurisdiction pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
“An order of interim injunction restraining, the 2nd Defendant, it’s members, officers and agents from recognizing the 1st Defendant as its National Chairman or from according him any of the powers, rights or privileges due to the holder of the of the National Chairman of the 2nd Defendant pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice. ”
The newest action which may complicate matters is coming as the PDP rallies to ensure its National Convention goes on in October as planned.
The PDP’s Board of Trustees, BoT, affirmed the 30th of October as the official date for the conduct of its National Convention when it met.
Similarly, the BoT at its last meeting in Abuja put Senator David Mark at the head of a reconciliation panel to deal with the crisis.
Moves to arrest the current drift within its ranks, which is chasing high profile members out of the party appears to be facing quite a lot of challenge.
There is however no end in sight as members take what should be seen as the internal matter of a political party to the courts for settlement.
Senator Stella Oduah is one of the elected officials on the platform of the party who have recently run off to find solace in the APC as the fire in the PDP spreads.
Oduah, a close associate of former President Goodluck Jonathan, said she could no longer remain in the PDP due to the ensuing conflict within its ranks.
Since the latest crisis over the Chairmanship of the party under Uche Secondus began three court orders have been issued from three different state capitals.
For the record, the state capitals are those of Rivers, Kebbi and Cross River.
The court in Rivers presided by Judge Gbasam of the Degema Division had originated the restraining order requested by claimants that are shooting down Secondus.
It ruled that Secondus who has been suspended from his ward in Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State is barred from parading as the National Chairman.
Another court of coordinate jurisdiction sitting in Kebbi held that Secondus is free to return to his seat as National Chairman.
Secondus, spotted at the National Secretariat last week, obeyed the order from Kebbi and returned to his seat.
Friday, attention shifted to the Cross River State capital, Calabar, where a High Court further reenforced the order of the Rivers High Court stopping Secondus from parading himself as the National Chairman of the PDP.
“There may be more orders coming from the states”, a political analyst said in Port Harcourt, “The signs are there.”
“Should this trend continue, the PDP would be in a lot of trouble”, the political analyst concluded.
In the meantime, we have learnt that the David Mark panel has hurriedly commenced work.
At the weekend, initial efforts were reportedly made to reach out to stakeholders who may be linked to the Wike – Secondus fight.
We cannot confirm if their attempt to wave the olive branch has been well received by the combatants, but a source told this publication:
“Peacemaking is an intricate process. It won’t be easy to persuade those who already have entrenched positions to blink an eyelid and allow peace to reign.”
“Mark and his friends would have to work very hard to douse the tension. There is tension in the party right now and it is very intense.
“Time is not what the committee has in excess if it has to ensure that the National Convention happens”, a former Senator noted in a chat with the PORT HARCOURT TELEGRAPH.
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