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The PDP situation has worsened, and Secondus is pursuing legal action as the party prepares for its national convention.

Uche Secondus, the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party

The Peoples Democratic Party is tense as the appeal filed by the party’s suspended national chairman, Uche Secondus, is slated to be heard today by the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, Rivers State (Tuesday).

Secondus and the PDP were named as respondents in a complaint filed in the High Court of Rivers State, Port Harcourt Judicial Division, on August 23, 2021.

After hearing arguments, the court ruled on September 10, 2021, that Secondus could not serve as the PDP’s national chairman.

It was later discovered that the suspended Chairman had filed an appeal in court, asking for an order prohibiting the PDP from having or carrying out the national convention set for October 30 and 31, 2021 (or any other date) pending the conclusion of the appeal hearing and decision.

While negotiating with Secondus to dismiss the action, the PDP has insisted that its convention go forward as planned.

Attorney Tayo Oyetibo (SAN) for Secondus informed The PUNCH on Monday that the appeal will proceed as planned.

Aside from no direction from Secondus, Oyetibo claimed the PDP had not responded to his petition, either.

As we speak, I have no instruction from Prince Secondus to drop the case. Also, the PDP has not filed any response to our appeal. The appeal will be heard on Tuesday (today),” the senior advocate said.

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However, the PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, stated that the party’s plan to host its national convention on October 30 and 31 was on track..

During a press conference in Abuja on Monday, he assured reporters that the party had not received any court action prohibiting it from carrying out the planned events as planned.

According to Ologbondiyan, the People’s Democratic Party does not work on rumors because of an ongoing lawsuit before the Kaduna High Court, which seeks to stop the convention. The party is not subject to any judicial order.

“You cannot be talking about court issues; it is only when there is a judgment from the court that we will begin to talk about court issues as far as the party is concerned. All the plans have been set out for the national convention.”

According to him, “the preparation for the national convention is in place, and as far as the party’s concerns remain October 30 and 31.” he said when asked about National Convention preparations.

“I want to bring to the attention of my dear colleagues that the national convention organising committee’s leaders are in town, and these are the Chairman and the governor of Adamawa State, Mr Umaru Fintiri; the Deputy Chairman and governor of Bayelsa State, Diri Duoye; as well as the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, who is the Secretary of the committee; the three of them are in Abuja to oversee the convention process.

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All the respective subcommittees are working. I am the secretary of the publicity subcommittee. All the committees are working; we have about 15 subcommittees for the purpose of the convention and they’re all working.”

And Ologbondiyan denies that there’s any rift between the committee’s members and the party’s top leadership. He also says his party’s National Working Committee is doing its part to make sure the PDP’s convention goes off without a hitch.

“That is totally and absolutely incorrect,” he said. “Some of your colleagues went upstairs into the NWC hall to meet with members of the NWC, who took their respective seats and were deliberating on the success of the forthcoming national convention.” He also denied that NWC members had abandoned their offices.

A representative for the party claimed that the convention’s location had been secured and preparations were well under way to ensure a successful event.

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