Supreme Court Orders Substitution of Services in Secondus v. PDP Appeal

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Chuks Okocha in Abuja

The Supreme Court has ordered substituted service for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the lawsuit challenging the dismissal of Prince Uche Secondus as national chairman of the main opposition party and the party’s October 30-31, 2021 national convention. The Supreme Court also ordered that the respondents file their responses within nine days of the last hearing date, which was February 8, 2022. It asked the Registry to give a date for the hearing and adoption of arguments. , as in the words of the court, he “intends to rule on the appeals before Easter”.

At the resumption of the prosecution hearing on Tuesday, the panel of Supreme Court judges comprising Justice Olukayode Ariwoola (presiding), Justice ML Garba, Justice Uwani Musa Abba Aji, Justice Adamu Jauro and Justice Emmanuel Agim, granted modified relief by Secondus.

There are two appeals to the Supreme Court challenging the legality of Secondus’ ousting as National President and asking the Supreme Court to: “Void all decisions and actions taken by the party in which Secondus was supposed to have presided by taking such decisions and actions, but unlawfully denied doing so by the unlawful act of his removal from office as National President (these include meetings of the NEC, establishment of zoning committees, conventions and conventions, organized congresses and conventions, etc.)”

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