National Convention: Secondus Wishes the PDP Success and Heads to the Supreme Court
NaijaNews reports that Prince Uche Secondus, the suspended National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has asked lawyers to analyze the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, which denied his plea to delay the party’s National Convention, in order to appeal it “immediately.”
Secondus, speaking through his media aide, Ike Abonyi, on Friday, warned that no violation of the party’s constitution should be tolerated and that impunity must be avoided.
The embattled PDP chairman stated that he would file an appeal after being briefed on the verdict, even though the substantive issue is still pending at the Court of Appeal.
“I appreciate the court’s position, even though I completely disagree with it,” he remarked.
The issue is not about Prince Uche Secondus but about the sanctity of our party constitution and core democratic principles of justice and rule of law not only in PDP but in our democracy.
“I have been a witness to how much harm litigations have done to our party in the past and as a result, I have been a strong advocate against settling issues in courts.
“This was why I resisted and rejected entreaties of those who wanted me to go to court to halt these forces when it was obvious that they were determined to disrupt my leadership and truncate my tenure in office with the sole objective of hijacking the party for their selfish ulterior motives.
“To allow this travesty to stand is to reduce our beloved party to a level where anybody can wake up overnight and remove officers against the proscribed constitutional process and the National Chairman for that matter. And purporting to use the judiciary through an exparte order to legitimize same.
“I wish to, therefore, at this juncture thank and appreciate leaders and other stakeholders of our party who have called in to express their concerns on this matter and appeal for the understanding of all.
“If those who orchestrated and fostered this avoidable crisis had listened to the wise counsel of party leaders and elders who advised the withdrawal of cases, this situation would have been avoidable. I wish the party well as always.”