By Chuks Okocha
In a move described as a master stroke by stakeholders, the deputy national chairman of the PDP (South), Elder Yemi Akinwonmi, has assumed the leadership of the National Working Committee (NWC) following the hand over of office to him by the embattled National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
With his assumption of the leadership of the party, Secondus commenced moves to vacate the order by Justice O. Gbasah of the Rivers state High Court, which restrained him from parading himself as the national chairman.
The court order had thrown the reconciliation moves commenced by the expanded Board of Trustees (BoT) into jeopardy Monday when it granted a restraining order against Secondus.
The Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt had granted an order of interim injunction stopping Secondus from parading himself as the PDP national chairman.
The order was made following a suit filed against Secondus and the PDP by some members of the party identified as Ibeawuchi Ernest Alex, Dennis Nna Amadi, Emmanuel Stephen and Umezirike Onucha.
Justice Gbasah ordered Secondus to stop parading himself as a member of the PDP (the second defendant).
Justice Gbasah further restrained Secondus from attending or presiding over any meeting of the PDP or any committee of the party at ward, local government or state government levels.
The court also barred Secondus from calling for any ward, local government or state congress or setting up committees for such congresses or participating in any activity of the PDP whatsoever while on suspension as a member of PDP.
Before the court order, the NWC had scheduled a meeting to discuss the new date for the National Executive Committee (NEC).
But the meeting was not to be as Secondus immediately handed over to his deputy, Elder Akinwonmi who immediately adjourned the meeting of the NWC till further notice.
He said in statement he signed that “Section 45 (2)of the constitution of the People’s Democratic Party empowers me to summon and preside over party meetings in the absence of the national chairman. “
He further said, “Our attention was drawn yesterday evening to a court order which purports to restrain our National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus from summoning and presiding over the meetings of the organs of the party.
“In the foregoing circumstances, as Deputy National Chairman (South) of the People’s Democratic Party, after the consultations and in exercise of the aforesaid powers, hereby deem it fit and prosper to postpone the National Working Committee meeting earlier scheduled for today until further notice to allow for broader consultations in the overall interest of our party.”
The party’s Constit…