The Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has granted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the power to hold its national convention scheduled for October 30 and 31, 2021.
Delivering the ruling in favor of two other justices on Friday, Justice Kolawole Gabriel held that the attempt by the applicant, Uche Secondus, to suspend the planned convention is an act of “self-induced urgency” to disrupt an ongoing lawful process of the party.
He wondered why Secondus waited for too long to seek the stoppage of the process which had been communicated to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by the acting national chairman of the party, Akinwonmi Yemi, who Secondus duly handed the power to.
The judge also held that Uche did not oppose the notice of the convention written by the acting chairman to INEC and did not also oppose INEC replying to the People Democratic Party.
Toyo Oyetibo, the lawyer to Secondus, said his client will wait for the outcome of the main suit on his status as the chairman and a member of the party before the same court to determine whether or not to go on appeal. He, also, maintained that an outcome in favor of his client will have a consequential effect on the convention slated for Abuja.