The Ward 5 of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ikuru town, Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, has suspended Uche Secondus, the embattled National Chairman of the party.
George Christopher, the Ward Chairman of the Party, announced this at the party’s extraordinary meeting at the party’s Secretariat at Ikuru town, Andoni Local Government Area.
According to Christopher, 11 executive members out of the 17 endorsed Secondus suspension from the party.
He said the PDP National Chairman had not attracted development to the area despite his high political profile and inability to manage the party.
He said: “The Ward executive of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ward 5, Ikuru town, and the leaders met on the 31st of August, 2021 issues that affect the party.
“Suspension of Prince Uche Secondus was done by the Ward executive after a duly constituted Ward meeting called by the Secretary on the instructions of the Chairman, according to the Constitution of our great party.”
Also speaking, former chairman of Andoni LGA and chairman, Disciplinary Committee in the Ward, Benson Alpheous, noted that Secondus was suspended for disobeying the party’s decision for him to step down as national chairman.
“Until further notice, our brother, Prince Uche Secondus remains suspended. I want to thank you for coming and again, reaffirm the suspension of Uche Secondus.
“For now, until you hear from us again, Prince Uche Secondus remain suspended,” he said.
Secondus has been engulfed in a leadership crisis following calls by some members of the party for him to resign as the PDP National Chairman.
The party had earlier held an emergency meeting of its Board of Trustees and other stakeholders on 10 August following the resignation of some members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) and increased calls for Secondus to resign his position.
However, the crisis rocking the leadership of the PDP took a new dimension last week Monday after Justice O. Gbasam of the Degema Judicial Division vacation court, sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, granted an interim injunction on Monday, restrained Secondus from parading himself as the PDP National Chairman, following a suit filed by aggrieved members of the party.
Following the ruling, the two Deputy National Chairmen of the party, Yemi Akinwonmi (South) and Senator Suleiman Nazif (North), in separate announcements on Tuesday, claimed to be the party’s acting National Chairman.
It was learnt that Akinwonmi is loyal to Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, who is reported to have instigated calls for the removal of Secondus as the PDP chairman, despite being instrumental in the latter’s emergence as honcho of the party.
Nazif, on the other hand, is said to have the support of Secondus.
This development forced governors elected under the platform of the party to call for an emergency meeting of the party stakeholders last week Thursday.
After the meeting, the PDP Board of Trustees ratified Akinwonmi, an indigene from Ogun State, as its acting National Chairman.
But Justice Nusirat Umar of the Kebbi State High Court sitting in Birnin Kebbi on the same last week Thursday reinstated Secondus as the chairman of the main opposition party in the country.
But less than 24 hours after the ruling, a High Court sitting in Cross River State barred Secondus from resuming as its National Chairman.
The embattled Secondus has, however, insisted that he remains the PDP National Chairman.
He is yet to react to the latest development as of the time of filing this report.