Secondus steps aside as deputy takes over

THE DEPUTY National Chairman (South) of Peoples Democratic Party,  Elder Yemi Akinwonmi, has taken charge of the party’s affairs, hours after the National Chairman Prince Uche Secondus was restrained by the High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

The court had with suit number PHC/2183/ CS/ 2021 dated August 23, 2021, Honourable Justice Gbasam granted a restraining order on Secondus from parading himself as a member of the PDP or National Chairman.

Before the restraining order, Secondus had earlier scheduled the National Working Committee meeting for Tuesday, at party headquarters located at Wadata Plaza, Abuja.

However, in another move, the PDP Deputy Chairman, Elder Yemi Akinwonmi, postponed the NWC meeting to “allow for broader consultation”.

Elder Akinwonmi in a statement on Tuesday stated, “Section 35(3) (b) of the constitution of the People’s Democratic Party empowers me to summon and preside over party meetings in the absence of the national chairman.

“Our attention was drawn yesterday evening to a court order which purports to restrain our National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, from summoning and presiding over the meetings of the organs of the party.

“In the foregoing circumstances, as Deputy National Chairman (South) of the People’s Democratic Party, after the consultations and in the exercise of the aforesaid powers, hereby deem it fit and proper to postpone the National Working Committee meeting earlier scheduled for today until further notice to allow for broader consultations in the overall interest of our party.”

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