PDP Crisis: Court docket Declines To Hear Suit On Secondus

PDP Crisis: Court docket Declines To Hear Suit On Secondus

A file photo of National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Uche Secondus
A file photograph of Mr Uche Secondus.

A Federal Excessive Court docket sitting in Lagos has declined to entertain a suit filed by a faction of the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) searching for to restrain the celebration and any of its individuals from calling, summoning, or presiding over any meeting, moreover it is a long way known as by Mr Uche Secondus.

In a ruling on Thursday, Justice Tijjani Ringim declined to entertain the suit on the grounds that it change into as soon as no longer ripe for listening to for the reason that defendants listed therein had been yet to respond to it.

Listed as plaintiffs within the suit had been Mr Eddy Olafeso, Mr Rashidi Sunmonu, Mr Daisi Akintan, Mr Bunmi Jenyo, and Mr Wahab Owokoniran.

They are searching for amongst other reliefs, “An interlocutory say of injunction restraining the first, third, fourth, and fifth defendants by themselves, their servants, agents, privies or any member of the defendant the least bit, other than the 2d defendant, from calling, summoning or presiding over any meeting of the celebration the least bit, in conjunction with the meeting of any committee of the celebration, any congress of the celebration, the National Working Committee, the National Executive Committee, the National Convention, and all other organs or bodies of the celebration pending the listening to and spine of the substantive suit.”

Those listed as defendants are the PDP, Secondus, Yomi Akinwonmi (PDP Deputy National Chairman, South), Senator Suleiman Nazif (PDP Deputy National Chairman, North), Senator Ibrahim Tsauri (National Secretary, PDP), Self reliant National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the Licensed skilled-Overall of the Federation (AGF).

At the resumed listening to of the subject on Thursday, counsel to the plaintiffs, Chimezie Ihekweazu (SAN), instructed the court that his shopper’s software change into as soon as ripe for listening to following a ruling delivered by the court on September 1, that every parties within the suit be positioned on survey while the court fastened September 9 for listening to of the suit.

Nonetheless a lawyer, Mr Chuks Ugo, announced his appearance for the PDP and Senator Tsauri – the first and fifth respondents – while one other lawyer, Mr Oladayo Ilori, held the quick of Mr Olatunbosun Osifowora who also claimed to be representing the total defendants within the suit moreover the celebration’s embattled nationwide chairman, Secondus (the 2d defendant).

Mr Ugo and Mr Ilori every instructed the court that they’ve the mandate of the defendants to signify them within the suit.

After being attentive to every attorneys, Justice Ringim held that the 2 counsels had been in disharmony and can no longer signify the same shopper.

He asked the parties to solve the distress of factual representation.

The discover also held that for the reason that plaintiff’s processes had been served on the defendants on September 2, the defendants had been easy inner time to file their responses.

He declared that the motion change into as soon as no longer ripe for listening to.

Whereas citing the recent comments of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) on conflicting court orders, Justice Ringim sought to know if the present suit change into as soon as no longer previous to 1 other court and did now not constitute an abuse of the court direction of.

He also acknowledged the suit may possibly presumably be returned to the Chief Care for of the court for reassignment, as there change into as soon as no urgency within the affidavits filed by the candidates to entertain it correct by the court’s vacation.

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