Prince Uche Secondus was back as the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) a few hours after he was prevented from taking charge of a crucial meeting of the National Caucus in Abuja.
Secondus, relied on mya Kebbi State High Court order reinstating him to the position, had stormed the party’s national secretariat in a bid to preside over the meeting.
However, it was the Deputy National Chairman, South, Elder Yemi Akinwonmi, who took control at the meeting as acting national chair.
The National Caucus comprises members of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), those of the National Working Committee (NWC), the PDP Governors’ Forum and National Assembly.
Others include former principal officers of the National Assembly, former governors, former ministers and former national chairmen of the party.
On arrival at the PDP secretariat well ahead of the time scheduled for the meeting, Secondus had gone straight to his office where he received Akinwonmi and the BoT chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin.
The duo soon left him for the NEC Hall for the commencement of the meeting.
“It’s good to be back,” Secondus told reporters on his return yesterday.
He added: “We are a party that respects the rule of law. We obey court orders. We obeyed the order given last week and we are obeying the one given yesterday. We have a series of meetings today.”
However, the caucus meeting soon got underway with Akinwonmi presiding.
He told of “a letter” served on him the previous day which he wanted the caucus members to discuss before any other issue.
Akinwonmi said: “While I was still panting that the series of meetings we had yesterday (Thursday) were too stressful for me, a letter was served on me. I know the letter would be of importance to this meeting and I received it.
“Coincidentally, I showed the BoT chairman the letter and he said that he received it too, meaning that the letter was served on me and the BoT chairman.”
Akinwonmi made to read the content of the letter but members were not in the mood for that as they signaled for the meeting to commence.
At this point, some of Secondus’ aides entered the hall and tried to reach out to the chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Aminu Tambuwal, apparently to inquire if Secondus could join the meeting, but they got no response.
The meeting then went into the issues at hand, particularly the two court orders on the status of Secondus.
First was the Rivers State High Court which restrained him from parading himself as chairman and from presiding over the activities of the party.
The second was the Kebbi State High Court injunction obtained by Secondus, restoring him to his seat as chairman.
The PDP National Caucus appointed an eight-member committee to sort out the matter.