Give Account Of N3.5b Belonging To Labour Party – Treasurer To Chairman, Abure
The National Treasurer of the Labour Party, Mrs Oluchi Oparah, has accused the party’s national chairman, Barrister Julius Abure of abuse of office and misappropriation of party funds estimated at N3.5billion.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Monday, Oparah alleged that Abure has undermined her constitutional authority of overseeing the financial activities as the party’s treasurer and has failed to account for N3.5billion being proceeds of sale of forms and sundry fundraisers for the 2023 general elections.
Oparah equally claimed that the chairman has shunned all entreaties to open the party’s books for scrutiny after the sale of expression of interest and nomination forms closed before the 2023 general elections.
In her words;
“Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the press. I stand before you today with a heavy heart and a sense of duty to the principles of transparency, accountability, and justice. With great reluctance and deep concern, I am compelled to publicly address the media regarding the egregious financial mismanagement and corruption that have plagued our beloved party under the leadership of Mr Julius Abure, the current National Chairman.
“As National Treasurer, I am constrained to come before you and the public today because the internal mechanisms of our party have failed woefully to bring Mr Abure to account for his brazen abuse of office and misappropriation of party funds.
“ His appetite for power has grown unchecked, and he has deliberately undermined my duties and authority as stipulated in the party’s constitution.”