Another High Court of Justice, sitting in Calabar, Cross River State, on Friday, evening barred the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus from parading himself as the National Chairman of the party pending the determination of the suit before the Court.
Besides, the Court also barred him from seeking re-election to the office of National Chairman of the party.
This is coming hours after resuming office as National Chairman of the PDP on the strength of a High Court ruling on Thursday in Kebbi State which ordered him back to office after being sacked earlier by a High Court in Rivers State on Monday.
The Calabar High Court ruling would be the third in a week, either sacking or restoring him to office as National Chairman of the party.
The latest order barring Uche Secondus was granted upon a motion ex-parte before the Honourable Court instituted by one Mr Enang Kanum Wani, pursuant to Section.96 of the Sheriffs and Civil Process Act, Cap.C6, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 as well as Orders 7, Rules 3(2) & 4(2); 12, Rules 5 and Order 21, Rule 2(1) of the High Court of Cross River State (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2008 as well as under the inherent jurisdiction of the Honourable Court pursuant to section 6(6)(a) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), praying the Honourable Court to grant several reliefs bordering on the position of Uche Secondus in the party.
The Court, after hearing the application for urgent and speedy hearing of the matter as moved by Mr. Mba E. Ukweni, SAN, granted an order of interim injunction restraining Prince Uche Secondus, the First Defendant, ‘’from assuming the office of National Chairman of the 2nd Defendant (the Peoples Democratic Party) while seeking re-election to the office of the National Chairman of the 2nd Defendant pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
‘’AN ORDER OF INTERIM INJUNCTION RESTRAINING the 1st Defendant from acting or purporting to act or to parade himself in Any manner howsoever as the National Chairman of the 2nd Defendant having been restrained from doing so by a court of competent jurisdiction pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
‘’AN ORDER OF INTERIM INJUNCTION RESTRAINING the 2nd Defendant, its members, officers and agents from recognizing the 1st Defendant as its National Chairman or from according him any of the powers, rights or privileges due to the holder of the office of the National Chairman of the 2nd Defendant pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
‘’AN ORDER OF INTERIM INJUNCTION RESTRAINING the 1st Defendant from presiding over the National Executive Committee meeting of the 2nd Defendant scheduled to hold on Saturday, the 28th of August, 2021 or on any subsequent meeting of the National Executive Committee of the 2nd Defendant and from Presiding over any meeting of any organ of the 2nd Defendant or attending any of such meetings or functions in the capacity of National Chairman of the Party or in any other manner or form attempting to forcefully gain entrance into any such meetings or into the premises of the 2nd Defendant as National Chairman of The Party pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice’’.
The case was subsequently adjourned to September 7, 2021 for hearing of the motion on notice while also granting the claimant leave to serve the defendants by substituted means by pasting the Court ruling on the entrance of the National Headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abuja.
The ruling has therefore sealed the fate of Prince Uche Secondus in his attempt to preside over the NEC of the party scheduled for Saturday August 28, 2021.
(By Okorohohi Michael, Warri)