The High Court of Rivers State has sacked National Chairman of the main opposition political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus and ordered him to stop parading himself as the party’s national chairman.
Justice O Gbasam of the Degema Judicial Division, sitting in Port Harcourt today, August 23, granted the order, following a suit filed by Ibeawuchi Ernest Alex, Dennis Nna Amadi, Emmanuel Stephen and Umezirike Onucha against Uche Secondus (1st defendant) and the PDP (2nd defendant).
The judge, after the reading the affidavit in support of the motion of ex parte, as well as the written address, and after hearing the submission of HA Bello, counsel to applicants, granted the interim injunction restraining Secondus from parading himself as the national chairman of the PDP.
An excerpt from the order reads:
‘That an order restraining the 1st defendant from parading himself as a member of the 2nd defendant or the national chairman of the defendant or performing the functions of national chairman of the 2nd defendant or calling, attending or presiding over any meeting of the 2nd defendant or any committee of the 2nd defendant at the Ward, Local Government or State level or calling for any Ward, Local Government or State Congress of the 2nd defendant or setting up committees for such Congresses or participating in any activity of the 2nd defendant whatsoever whilst on suspension as a member of the 2nd defendant pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.’
The judge also granted leave to serve by substituted means the originating summons, motion on notice, all orders made by the court and all subsequent processes on the respondent by pasting same on his gate at No 1 William Jumbo Street, Old GRA Port Harcourt.
The judge further granted leave to serve by substituted means orders made by the court on the respondents by publishing same in the Nation Newspaper.