The Labour Party (LP) National Treasurer, Mrs Oluchi Oparah, has urged the National Chairman, Julius Abure to provide a detailed account of the party’s finances.
The funds in question amount to a staggering N3.5 billion, which represents the proceeds from the sale of forms and various fundraisers conducted in preparation for the 2023 general elections.
Oparah made her demand during a press conference held in Abuja on a Monday.
She let out her frustration at being denied the opportunity to fulfill her constitutionally assigned duty of managing the LP’s accounts.
According to her, Abure has deliberately obstructed any attempts to scrutinize the party’s financial records since the closure of the expression of interest and nomination forms sales ahead of the 2023 elections.
“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.”