Rivers court docket axes nationwide chairman
Jegede, Orbih, Bode George for chairmanship race
The Peoples Democratic celebration (PDP) problem has taken a brand new twist with Monday’s suspension of Nationwide Chairman Uche Secondus by a court docket.
Earlier this month, elders of the primary opposition celebration halted the simmering problem from snowballing into an implosion by bringing the celebration’s nationwide conference ahead to October from the December date.
The choice gave Secondus, who was underneath strain to give up, a respite.
However Monday’s court docket order by a Rivers Excessive Courtroom, could have thrown the reconciliation strikes into jeopardy.
The Rivers State Excessive Courtroom sitting in Port Harcourt, granted an order of interim injunction stopping Secondus from parading himself because the PDP nationwide chairman.
The order was made following a go well with filed in opposition to Secondus and the PDP by some members of the celebration recognized as Ibeawuchi Ernest Alex, Dennis Nna Amadi, Emmanuel Stephen and Umezirike Onucha.
Justice O. Gbasah ordered Secondus to cease parading himself as a member of the PDP (the second defendant).
Justice Gbasah additional restrained Secondus from attending or presiding over any assembly of the PDP or any committee of the celebration at ward, native authorities or state authorities ranges.
The court docket additionally barred Secondus from calling for any ward, native authorities or sate congress or establishing committees for such congresses or taking part in any exercise of the PDP in any way whereas on suspension as a member of PDP.
The court docket ordered that Secondus would stay suspended pending the listening to and dedication of the movement on discover.
Justice Gbasah additionally made an order granting go away to serve by substituted means the originating summons, movement on discover and all subsequent processes on Secondus by pasting identical on the gate of his residence at No 1 William Jumbo Avenue, Previous GRA, Port Harcourt and by publication in The Nation.
The court docket ordered the PDP to be served by substituted means.
The decide stated: “That an order be made and is hereby made granting go away for the graduation of this go well with throughout the 2021 annual trip of the Excessive Courtroom of Rivers State.
“That an order of interim injunction is granted restraining the primary defendant (Secondus) from parading himself as a member of the second defendant (PDP) or Nationwide Chairman of the defendant or performing the features of nationwide chairman of the second defendant.
“or calling, attending or presiding over any assembly of the second defendant or any committee of the second defendant at ward, native authorities or state degree.
“or calling for any ward, native authorities or state Congress of the second defendant or establishing committees for such congresses or taking part in any exercise of the second defendant in any way while on suspension as a member of the second defendant pending the listening to and dedication of the movement on discover for interlocutory injunction”.
The race to interchange Secondus has gained temple with the anticipated entrance of Chief Dan Orbih, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede and Chief Olabode George into the race
George, Orbih, Jegede could be part of race
Former Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) Deputy Nationwide Chairman Chief Bode George on Monday joined the chairmanship race.
Additionally, it was learnt that the Southsouth Vice Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, would additionally be part of the race.
A supply stated Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, who’s the lone Southwest PDP governor and zonal chief, could draft former Ondo State governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) to the competition.
The supply stated the transfer to tip Jegede for the job could have pitched the governor in opposition to Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former nationwide secretary.
Oyinlola, former Osun State governor, who’s an ally of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, was stated to have indicated curiosity within the place.
Jegede’s profile rose, following the current Supreme Courtroom judgment on the Ondo State governorship litigation. Though the judgment affirmed the victory of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, the minority judgement has continued to represent an enormous hurdle for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
In keeping with the supply, ”The governor of Oyo is wanting on the course of Jegede and never Prince Oyinlola. He believes that Oyinlola, who’s over 70, ought to be enjoying the function of a celebration elder. In addition to, he doesn’t wish to sponsor a former governor and an enormous man he could not have the ability to management.”
He added:”Certainly, as anticipated, Oyinlola is just not comfortable as a result of, naturally, he expects the Oyo governor to help him as a result of he supported him for governor.”
Get together insiders confided that George, the Lagos PDP chief, has determined to throw his hat within the ring, with the hope that the residual class of the founding fathers who had been referred to as upon to resolve the management problem, will persuade the household to endorse his candidature.
For 10 years, the retired Commodore and former army governor of previous Ondo State, was on the celebration secretariat, the place he served as nationwide vice chairman (West), and later, Deputy nationwide chairman. 5 years in the past, he had additionally joined the race earlier than he withdrew.