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One Mistake Secondus Made In His Move To Stop PDP Convention Which Party Leaders Can Use Against Him

There is a fresh move by the embattled National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, to stop the planned national convention of the party.

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Secondus is against the convention. To ensure that it does not hold, Secondus through his lawyers filed a suit asking the court to stop the convention from taking place. In a new report by The Punch, Secondus through his lawyers reminded the PDP leadership why it should not go ahead with the convention in view of his pending suit against it. He also cited other cases to back his claim. But, he admitted one thing he did not expressly do. Failing to do that was a mistake on his part which PDP leaders can use against him and go ahead to hold the convention.

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The mistake Secondus made

Secondus failed to get a court injunction to stop PDP from going ahead with the convention. True, Secondus sent notice to relevant PDP leaders that he has a pending court case against the planned convention. But, he admitted that he did not get a court order (injunction) expressly barring PDP from holding the national convention. He simply believes tat the pending court order would also make PDP leaders to stop the planned convention. This is a mistake on the part of Secondus.

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The big question is, ''Why did he fail to get a court order categorically stopping PDP from conducting the convention?'' If he is really serious about stopping the convention, then he should have approached the court and get an injunction to bar PDP leaders from going ahead with it. What does it take to do so? Although, Secondus cited some previous cases where express injunctions were not issues. But, he should know that PDP has many legal luminaries and other top lawyers in Nigeria in its fold. These people would have given the party legal interpretations on this case. They would have told the PDP leaders that the circumstances Secondus cited are different from the case at hand.

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Most importantly, PDP would be convinced that it is not acting in contempt of the court since there is no existing court order stopping it from holding the convention. The party has ignored all the warnings from Secondus and continued with plans to hold the convention with a view to meeting him in court after the convention to continue the legal fireworks he is launching. But, if Secondus had obtained a court order to stop the convention, the PDP leaders would have halted their plans in obedience to that order.

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