A Deputy National Chairman (North) of Nigeria’s opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Suleiman Nazif has taken over as the acting National Chairman of the party.
Mr Nazif made the announcement after an emergency National Working Committee meeting held Tuesday at the Party’s headquarters in Abuja.
He has called for another emergency meeting for Friday 27th August.
Earlier, a Deputy National Chairman (South) of the PDP, Yemi Akinwomi suspended the scheduled National Working Committee, NWC, meeting of the party till further notice.
He said his action was based on a restraining order by a Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt Court against the National Chairman, Uche Secondus.
According to Mr Akinwomi, acting on section 45 (2) of the PDP constitution, he took over the presiding over of the activities of the party and issued the directive.
The Constitutional section says that in absence of the National Chairman, the Deputy National Chairman South takes over the running of the party.
Mr Akinwomi has been recuperating from a protracted illness and had to sign his public announcement with a thumbprint that was publicly videoed.
In the statement, Akinwomi said “our attention was drawn yesterday evening to a court order which purports to restrain our National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus from summoning and presiding over the meetings of the organs of the party.
“In the foregoing circumstance, as the deputy National Chairman South of the Peoples Democratic Party, after due consultations and in exercise of the aforesaid powers, hereby deem it fit and proper to postpone the National Working Committee, NWC, meeting earlier scheduled for today till further notice to allow for broader consultations in the overall interest of our party.
“Find attached the thumbprint and the video of the thumb printing.”
By Abel Ejikeme