… How his kinsmen in Andoni nailed him


Efforts by Prince Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the PDP to remove a strangulating suspension order placed round his neck have failed.

Lawyers representing the Rivers born politician who appeared before a Port Harcourt High Court on Friday were unable to rescue him.

Recall that officials of the PDP in Ikuru Ward 5 had given Secondus the “Oshiomhole treatment” when they met and took a decision to put his membership of the party on hold.

Apparently,  in his fight against Wike, his kinsmen had chosen to take sides.

When they did, they threw their lot behind Governor Nyesom Wike and his political associates, with whom their son is engaged in a battle.

Aggrieved members of the party, Ibeawuchi Ernest Alex and four others accordingly sued Secondus,  asking the court to issue an interim order stopping him from parading as a member and chairman of the party.

The Court which sat in the midst of the power tussle that engulfed the opppsition party summarily granted the order.

Okogbule Gbasam, a vacation judge who entertained the substantive suit Friday in Port Harcourt ruled after listening to arguments presented by legal counsel that the suspension of the National Chairman of the PDP would remain as ordered.

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He  also held that Secondus who was unable to provide sufficient grounds to persuade the court to act otherwise is barred from convening  or attending party meetings as a member of the PDP.

Thursday, a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos similarly washed off its hand from a suit filed by the pro Secondus group.

Justice Tijjani Ringim who presided refused to entertain the suit, saying it was unripe for hearing.

Counsel to the applicant, Chimezie Ihekweazu (SAN) told the court that his client’s motion on notice was ripe for hearing, following a ruling delivered by the court on September 1. That ruling said all parties in the suit should be put on notice.

The Uche Secondus led wing of the Peoples Democratic Party had asked the court to restrain the party and any other member of the party from calling, summoning or presiding over any meeting of the party whatsoever, including the meeting of any committee of the party, any congress of the party, the National Working Committee, the National Executive Committee and the National Convention except the one called by Uche Secondus, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

The decisions made in Port Harcourt and Lagos simply shut the door in the face of the National Chairman who would neither parade or enjoy the perquisites of office.

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Incidentally,  the PDP which is struggling to get out of trouble and ensure that it goes ahead with its National Convention appears to have moved on.

Secondus, from the run of events, would not have the chance, even if he wants to, to participate in forthcoming party activity except something positive happens.

To sustain his membership of the party and remove other legal obstacles that are holding him hostage at this time, Secondus is expected to proceed to a Court of Appeal.

Already, his lawyers are working on the possibility of filing an appeal to stay the execution of the ruling of the High Court.

A PDP chieftain who is on the side of Secondus declared in a chat with this publication, “We shall do everything humanly possible to remove these impediments. The National Chairman does not deserve this treatment.”

In the meantime, supporters of Governor Wike are in a happy mood. Their opponent may have to roam the woods a little more before help comes.

By the time that happens, it may well be too late.