A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has upheld the suspension of the embattled National Chairman of People’s Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, The Nation reports.
Justice Okugbelem Ggasam, on Friday, 10 September, ruled that the suspension should be maintained based on the earlier judgment on his suspension of Ward 5 in the Andoni Local Government Area of the state brought by some aggrieved members of the party, Ibeawuchi Ernest Alex, Dennis Nna Amadi, Emmanuel Stephen, and Umezirike Onucha (claimants) against Uche Secondus (1st defendant) and the PDP (2nd defendant).
The judge said after careful review of the submissions made by the lawyers to the parties in the suit, he arrived at the conclusion that evidence presented by the claimants before the court clearly showed that Secondus was suspended by Ward 5 over anti-party activities on August 8, 2021, and that the Andoni LGA office of the PDP wrote a letter of acceptance of the suspension on August 10.
He further explained that the claimants also provided evidence that the state chapter of PDP confirmed the suspension of Secondus on August 11, with another letter written to the Board of Trustees of the party on August 13.
Gbasam noted the first defendant, who was represented by his lawyer, Godfrey Uwalaka never challenged his suspension by his ward.
Gbasam also uphold the prayers of the aggrieved PDP members to retrain, suspend, Uche Secondus from attending, conveying PDP meetings in his capacity as National chairman or member of the party
However, counsel to Uche Secondus rejected the court’s ruling, noting that his client will appeal the judgment.