A High Court in Abuja, yesterday, chaired by Justice Hussein Baba sacked PDP’s Acting National Chairman, Chief Uche Secondus ordering him to vacate the Chairmanship seat of the PDP within 14 days.
The court order followed a suit filed by the erstwhile Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Matters, Mr. Ahmed Gulak.
Justice Baba agreed with the plaintiff that the position of the Acting National Chairman of the PDP was originally zoned to the North-East geo-political zone of the country hence, cannot be occupied by Secondus.
Gulak had in his suit, challenged the emergence of Chief Secondus as the interim leader of the party.
He prayed the court to sack the defendant, contending that by the provision of the PDP constitution and its zoning principle, he (Gulak), was the proper person to replace the last Chairman of the party, Adamu Muazu, who hailed from the North East geopolitical zone.
The defendants had challenged the competence of the suit, even as they queried the locus standi of the plaintiff to file same.
The defendants equally challenged the jurisdiction of the high court to meddle in the domestic affairs of a political party. Counsel to the PDP, Mr. Paul Isaiah responded by saying:
- “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”.