By Jennifer Ugwueke
The National Working Committee (NWC) meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), earlier scheduled to take place today, has been postponed indefinitely.
The deputy National Chairman (South) of the party, Elder Yemi Akinwonmi, announced this in a press release, dated 24 August, 2023.
The indefinite postponement of the meeting is coming on the heels of a Port Harcourt, Rivers State High Court judgment, on Monday evening, which barred the embattled national chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, from acting in that capacity.
The court pronouncement also directed Secondus to stop parading himself as a member of the main opposition which has been besotted with leadership crisis.
With the judicial pronouncement, Prince Secondus has been restrained from summoning and presiding over the meetings of any of the organs of the party.
The PDP deputy national chairman (South), Elder Akinwonmi, said, by the virtue of the provisions of the party’s constitution, he was empowered to summon and preside over party meetings in the absence of the national chairman.
He, however, said in view of the prevailing circumstances, and in the exercise of his powers, as entrusted on him by the PDP Constitution, he deemed it proper to postpone indefinitely the NWC meeting of the party.
Akinwonmi said the NWC meeting has been postponed till further notice to allow for broader consultations, and in the overall interest of the party.
“Section 35(3) (b) of the constitution of the Peoples Democratic Party empowers me to summon and preside over party meetings in the absence of the national chairman.
“Our attention was drawn yesterday evening to 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 circumstances, as Deputy National Chairman (South) of the Peoples Democratic Party, after due consultations and in exercise of the aforesaid powers, [I] hereby deem it fit and proper to postpone the National Working Committee meeting earlier scheduled for today till further notice to allow for broader consultations in the overall interest of our party,” the release stated.