The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt reserved ruling on a motion filed by a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, praying the court to order the suspension of the party’s convention slated for Saturday.
This move by a three-man appeal panel led by Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani is casting doubt over the possibility of PDP’s weekend National Convention slated for Abuja.
After receiving submissions by parties the court fixed Thursday, October 28, 2021, for hearing and ruling on the motion for Interim Order of Injunction brought by Secondus against the PDP and others.
Secondus had through his counsel, Payo Oyetubo, urged the court to suspend the October 30th and 31st National Convention of the party and declare him the right person to preside over the convention.
When the matter came up in court, six other members of PDP drew the attention of the court on their application for joinder which was not opposed by counsel to Secondus and was subsequently granted by the three-man panel of the Court of Appeal
However, the defendants’ counsel including those who joined in the suit opposed the motion for interim injunction by Secondus’ counsel seeking to stop PDP’s forthcoming National Convention, asked for time to respond to the process.
The Tsammani-led three-man appeal panel after listening to the argument from the parties, ordered counsel to the plaintiff to serve the process on the defendants’ counsel within 24 hours.
Tsammani also urged respondents’ counsels to respond within 24 hours and adjourned till October 28 for a hearing and possible ruling on the motion.