Appeal Court tells PDP to go ahead with National Convention

Uche Secondus, Embattled Former PDP National Chairman

The Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Friday,ruled that the Peoples Democratic Party PDP) could go ahead with its National Convention which is scheduled to take place this Saturday in Abuja, according to a report by Channels Television.

The court refused to grant a request by Uche Secondus, the embattled former national chairman of the PDP, who wanted the convention stopped.

The ruling had dosed uncertainties for the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with the mainstream developing cold feet as the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt continued to push forward its verdict on whether the planned national convention will hold tomorrow.

The anxiety in the party was palpable on Wednesday, as members and supporters were seen in clusters at its Wadata Plaza secretariat, discussing the effects this ruling could have on the future of the party.

Members, who voiced their opinion to newsmen, expressed fear that should the convention be stopped by the court, a regime of Caretaker Committee becomes imminent just as it has happened with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The last time the PDP had a national Caretaker Committee was between 2016 and 2017 when former Kaduna State governor, Ahmed Makarfi, held sway.

Those who shared this expectation argued that if the suspended national chairman, Uche Secondus, is restored, there might be insufficient time to plan another convention before the actual expiration of the Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC) on December 9, 2021.


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