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Labout Party Suspends National Treasurer Oluchi Opara Over Financial Inquiry

Labout Party Suspends National Treasurer Oluchi Opara Over Financial Inquiry

The Labour Party has suspended its national treasurer, Oluchi Opara, for six months following her inquiry into the party’s finances. Opara had questioned party chairman Julius Abure about the whereabouts of N3.5 billion raised from nomination forms and fundraising for the 2023 general election.

The suspension was announced by the party’s national publicity secretary, Obiora Ifoh, at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, February 14. Opara’s inquiry was made public during an interview on Arise TV on Monday, February 12, where she also alleged collusion between the party’s leadership and the Edo state government, which is governed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Reacting to the allegations, Ifoh described Opara as a mole who was “being used by dissidents in the party.”

“After the 2023 general election, Labour Party was marked for total annihilation by the system for daring to upstage the status quo of the political class. Little did we know that the fumigation was far from complete until late last year when signs emanated that our national treasurer, Ms. Oluchi Opara, a key member of the executive, turned out to be a mole in the house and has continued networking with the expelled members of the party leadership.

Convinced that the treasurer is on a mission to stifle life out of our very cherished party, an emergency NWC was summoned on February 13. Arising from the meeting, the NWC set up a disciplinary committee to try Opara for bringing the party to disrepute.

To exercise its powers as contained in the party’s Constitution with the intention of a fair hearing, the NWC extended an invitation to her to appear before it today, February 14 by 10 a.m. to discuss the development. The party regrets that the treasurer shunned the invitation by the disciplinary committee to clear herself.

We see this as an affront to the party leadership and millions of our members who are watching how their party’s image which they have laboured hard to build is trolled by one ingrate.

The disciplinary committee has, however, recommended to the National Executive Council of the party through the NWC that Ms Oluchi Opara be suspended from the Labour Party for a minimum of six months. This suspension is with immediate effect.

We sincerely regret this development. We, however, urge our teeming members to understand that this is a price to pay for success. We will continue to reform the party until we achieve the best, good enough to drive our New Nigeria agenda.”Ifoh said

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