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Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Confusion in PDP as two factions lay claim to Secondus’ seat

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There was confusion on Tuesday as the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party split into two factions.

Deputy National Chairman (South), Elder Yemi Akinwonmi leads one faction while the Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Suleiman Nazif, has taken charge of the other.

Akinwonmi and Nazif are laying claim to the position of the National Chairman, to fill the leadership gap created by the suspension of the substantive National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.

A court in Port Harcourt on Monday issued an order restraining Secondus from parading himself as PDP National Chairman, and also, from taking part in any activity of the party while the order lasts.


Addressing members on Tuesday, Akinwonmi cited section 35 (b) of the PDP constitution to support his action.

He also suspended the activities of the national working committee (NWC) of the party.

When contacted, Kola Ologbondiyan, spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), promised to provide an update on the development.

On Monday, a high court in Rivers state granted an interim order restraining Uche Secondus from parading himself as the national chairman of the party.

Okogbule Gbasam, the presiding judge, gave the order while ruling on a motion ex parte marked PHC/2183/CS/2021, and filed by four persons – Ibeawuchi Alex, Dennis Amadi, Emmanuel Stephen, and Umeziriki Onucha.

“That an order of interim injunction is granted restraining the first defendant from parading himself as a member of the second defendant or national chairman of the defendant or performing the functions of national chairman of the second defendant or any committee of the second defendants at ward, local government or state level or calling for any ward, local government or state congress of the second defendant or setting up committees for such congresses or participating in any activity of the second defendant whatsoever, whilst on suspension as a member of the second defendant pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction,” the court ruled.

Reacting to the court order, Ike Abonyi, media aide to the national chairman, said Secondus will defend himself.

Secondus has been under increased pressure of late, with demands for his resignation coming from various quarters.

After a series of meetings to resolve the crisis, the party had announced that its national convention will now hold in October — months earlier than scheduled.