Court of Appeal strikes out suit challenging PDP convention

Ogunsakin Mustapha
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The Court of Appeal on Friday finally dismissed a suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) National  Chairman, Chief Uche Secondus asking the court to suspend the party’s National Convention scheduled to take place tomorrow, October 30, 2021.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole, leading two other Justices of the appellate court dismissed application, calling it an abuse of court process. With this dismissal, the Court of Appeal lifted the anxiety hovering over the fate of Saturday’s national convention.

Secondus, had asked the appellate court to stop the conduct of the convention, as going ahead with it would render his challenge of his removal in cour useless, adding that he ought to take charge of the exercise in his capacity as the party’s primus inter pares.

But Kolawole, leading a panel of three, which had earlier deferred judgement from Thursday to Friday, said the suspended PDP boss slept on his rights and that his resort to the court, came too late in the day.

By implication, the appellate court has given its nod for the convention scheduled for Eagle Square, where preparations are already in top gear to hold as planned.

The three-man panel sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, while dismissing the interlocutory injunction described the suit before it was as after-thought and abuse of court process, blaming Secondus for not acting when his ward and local governments suspended him until now, and urged the party to go on with the planned convention.

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