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Leadership Tussle: 3 Reasons Secondus May Win The Court Case And Return As PDP National Chairman

One thing that may surprise many political watchers is the fact that the embattled National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has refused to give up.

Secondus believes that he would fight it through until he reclaims his post, according to a report by The Punch. But, there are signs that the PDP has moved on. Already, the Deputy National Chairman (South) Elder Yemi Akinwonmi is acting as the head of the party while they get set to elect new national leaders at the national convention scheduled to hold this October. The last resort for Secondus is the court. He believes that he can get his post back through court judgement. In view of this, this article will discuss three reasons why Secondus may come return as PDP National Chairman despite oppositions from Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and other forces in PDP.

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First, he claims that there are no cases of gross offense brought against him. As the moves to remove him intensified, Secondus raised the alarm that nobody has told the world his major offences. In fact, Secondus challenged those plotting to remove him to state his main offenses that should warrant his removal from office. Since nobody came forward with evidence of gross abuse of office against him, that was one of the major reasons he resorted to the court with the belief that he would win the case.

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Second, the manner he was removed is contestable. According to the PDP constitution, there is only one way to remove the National Chairman of the party. What is the only method to do this? The PDP National Chairman can only be removed from office by the national convention of the party. The National convention is the highest decision making body of the party. Moreover, it was the convention that elected the National Chairman and so it is still the convention that can remove him. But, PDP did not remove Secondus through the convention. He was suspended by his ward 5, Ikuru, Adoni LGA, Rivers. A High Court upheld it and the PDP carried on. This is contestable and the court will need to rule on it since his removal did not follow the party's constitutional provision.

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Finally, Secondus has not completed his tenure. He was elected for a four year tenure. Since he assumed office in December 2017. This means that his tenure will officially end in December 2021. But, he woes started months before the time his tenure will end. He has not been in office for about two months now and he has another two months to December.

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This means that he should be entitled to complete his tenure. He can even seek reelection as provided by the PDP constitution. So, Secondus believes that he stands a chance of winning the case and coming back as the PDP National Chairman after insisting that he would not withdraw the case.

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