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PDP convention to go ahead as Appeal Court dismisses Secondus’ lawsuit

The Court of Appeal’s Port Harcourt Division has dismissed a claim filed by Uche Secondus, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDPsuspended )’s national chairman.

The PDP has also been granted permission to hold its elective national convention on October 30 and 31.

Mr Secondus’ appeal was dismissed by a panel of three judges led by Justice Haruna Tsammani, who said he voluntarily relinquished his office because he did not challenge his removal at the ward and local government levels.

Mr Secondus’ application was a diversion to the PDP in having its convention, according to Justice Gabriel Kolawole, who read the decision on behalf of the panel members.

Mr Secondus failed to join the interim national chairman selected by the party to manage the convention in the action, according to Mr Kolawole, who affirmed the lower court’s decision.

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“And, he (Secondus) cannot claim to fight for personal right to clinch back his position after the party that gave him the power has already given it out to another,” the judge added.

Speaking to reporters after the ruling, Tayo Oyetubo, counsel to Mr Secondus, said his legal team will return to continue the case with a substantive appeal.

However, Henry Bello, lead counsel to some PDP respondents, welcomed the court ruling.

“Several reasons have been given by the court, but we have not been favoured with a certified through copy. It is sufficient that the court has not found any merit in the application and it has been dismissed,” Mr Bello told reporters.

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