A high court of the Federal Capital Territory yesterday ordered the Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Uche Secondus to vacate office.
The court in its ruling on the suit filed by former Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan of political matter, Ahmed Gulak, said Chief Secondus is occupying the position of the Acting National Chairman of the party illegally.
But shortly after the judgement was delivered, the counsel to PDP in the matter, Mr. Paul Isaiah, said the party will appeal the judgement of the court, adding that a stay of execution of the judgement will also be filed.
According to him, “We are going to appeal this judgement. Apart from the appeal, we are also going to file a stay of execution of the judgement because the National Convention of the party is in March next year”.
Justice Hussein Baba in his judgement held that the position of the Acting National Chairman of the party is zoned to the North-East and therefore cannot be occupied by Chief Secondus.
He ordered that chief Secondus should vacate the office within. 14 days, adding that the plaintiff or any other party member worthy of that position should assume the position of the Acting National Chairman of the party.
On November 30, 2015, the court reserved its judgment in the suit .
In the suit, Gulak is seeking the sack of the party’s Acting National Chairman, Uche Secondus , on the ground that by the provision of the PDP constitution and its zoning principle, he was the proper person to replace the last Chairman, Adamu Muazu, who hailed from the Northeast geopolitical zone.
Parties to the suit had argued the plaintiff’s substantive suit (originating summons) and the defendants’ preliminary objection and adopted their final written addresses, before the judge told them that hearing notices will be issued when the judgment is ready.
Arguing his client’s case, plaintiff’s lawyer, Jibrin Okutepa, SAN, urged the court to uphold his Gulak’s prayers and refuse the preliminary objection raised against the suit by the defendants – the PDP and Secondus.

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