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I’m not afraid of court case – Secondus

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EMBATTLED National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has reacted to a court injunction barring him from parading himself as chairman of the opposition party.

Secondus said he is not of afraid of the judiciary, adding that he will defend himself.

His media adviser, Ike Abonyi, made this known in a terse statement last night.

“The Media Office of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been inundated with calls from media houses on a press statement sent to newsrooms by one Kelvin Ebiri, Special Assistant, Media to the Rivers state Governor, Bar Nyesom Wike announcing that ‘Court Restrains Secondus from Parading himself as National Chairman, member of the PDP,” he said.

“If Secondus and the party are taken to court, they will defend themselves. The PDP and Secondus are not afraid of court. This party is a child of history, owned by Nigerians, bigger than any individual or group, including desperadoes.”

Justice Okogbule Gbasam of the Degema Division of the Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt had yesterday restrained Secondus from parading himself as PDP chairman.

The motion ex parte marked PHC/2183/CS/2021 and filed by four persons – Ibeawuchi Alex, Dennis Amadi, Emmanuel Stephen, and Umeziriki Onucha.

Secondus and the main opposition party were listed as the first and second respondents to the suit.

Amid calls for the resignation of the PDP national chairman, seven national officers of the party resigned from their roles on August 3.

The affected officers claimed that they were being side-lined and treated unfairly by Secondus, but the PDP national chairman denied the allegation.

Two days later, members of the PDP Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting to resolve the crisis in the party.

Barely a few weeks to the meeting of the party leaders, the controversy took a new twist with the court order restraining Secondus from parading as the PDP national chairman, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.

Justice Gbasam also made an order restraining the PDP national chairman from parading as a member of the party, or other related functions.

He also granted the request to serve by substituted means all orders made by the court on the respondents and by publishing same in a newspaper.

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