Uche Secondus, the ousted chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) has threatened to â€śbring the full weight of the lawâ€ť on the party should it proceed with its scheduled convention.
The PDP had replaced Secondus with Yemi Akinwonmi, who until then was the partyâ€™s deputy national chairman (south).
The PDP has also begun plans to hold it national convention to elect new party leaders. But, in a letter to the PDP by his lawyer Tayo Oyetibo, the embattled Secondus urged the convention be stopped.
The letter reads, â€śWe act for the appellant in the above captioned matter, Prince Uche Secondus, chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), prior to the institution of suit number PHC/2183/CS/2021, and wish to bring to your attention the following facts,â€ť the letter reads.
â€śIn addition, an application on notice has been filed in which Prince Uche Secondus is seeking, inter alia, the following orders.
â€śAn order of injunction restraining the Peoples Democratic Party, the 6th respondent herein, whether by itself, its officers, servants, agents and or representatives from holding or conducting its national convention scheduled for 30th and 31st October, 2021 or any other date, pending the hearing and final determination of this appeal.
â€śAn order that the parties to this appeal, particularly the appellant/applicant and the 6th respondent (Peoples Democratic Party) shall maintain the status quo ante as at 22 August 2021, when appellant/applicant was occupying the office of national chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, pending the hearing and final determination of this appeal.
â€śThe application has since been served on you and other respondents in the appeal. Notwithstanding the service of the application for injunction, it has come to the notice of our client that the PDP and its officers continue to prepare to hold the national convention on 30 and 31 October, 2021.
â€śHaving been served with an application seeking to restrain the holding of its national convention pending the determination of the appeal filed by Prince Uche Seconds, the PDP would be embarking upon a collision course with the court if it proceeds to hold the national convention before the hearing and determination of the application.
â€śShould such contumacious conduct of holding the national convention before the hearing and determination of the application be embarked upon by the Party however, we shall not hesitate to bring the full weight of the law against all national officers of the party that are responsible for such conduct of contempt of court.
â€śQuite apart from the fact that such contumacious conduct would impinge on the integrity of the party, we would on our part, swiftly take steps to invoke the jurisdiction of the court to nullify any decision, action or step taken at such convention.â€ť