The National Treasurer of the Labour Party, Oluchi Opara, has accused the chairman of the party, Julius Abure, of allegedly being in alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party government in Edo State.
Opara had on Monday demanded the of about N3.5 billion in party finances.
According to her, the finances were proceeds from the sales of forms and other fundraising activities for the 2023 general elections in the country.
While speaking on Arise TV’s “Good Morning Show” on Tuesday, Opara alleged that Abure is in alliance with the government of Edo State governed by the opposition – the Peoples Democratic Party.
“Let him come out here and say that he has not been in talks with the government of Edo State,” she said.
She further disclosed that the signature of the former chairman of the party, the late Abdulkadir Salami, was forged two months after his death to withdraw money from the party’s account.
“Next, I raised the issue of money laundering, misappropriation and a whole lot of embezzlement that happened.
“I also stated the fact that the signature of the late national chairman of our party, Salami, was forged two months after his death to withdraw money from the account.
“How on earth did he come out from his grave to come and sign signature?,” she questioned.
She challenged Abure to come out clear if he felt she lied.
“So if the national chairman feels I’m lying, let him come out clear and say that I have lied against him,” she said.
Oparah added that the National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, was not in the right position to defend Abure.
Meanwhile, rebutting the stance of the party’s treasurer on Monday, the Labour Party said the allegations were malicious and that Oparah was under some external influences, causing her to read out a “concocted statement drafted by detractors to tar the image of the party”.
The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, said, “The attention of the leadership of the party has been drawn to a news conference by our National Treasurer, Ms Oluchi Opara, where she raised a number of allegations against the National Chairman, Julius Abure, bothering more on corruption and abuse of office.
“With the exception of the National Treasurer, whose tenure is about to end in a few weeks’ time, and who has served for eight years as National Treasurer without a single record of party accounts, no other member of the national working committee has raised any issue of embezzlement against out National Chairman who made a pledge on the assumption that the party has to be revamped.
“Evidence is our proactive outing in the 2023 general election as the party presented for the first time a very good presidential candidate.
“Let it be said that the Labour Party has not earned N3.5 billion as claimed and that the National Chairman has not embezzled any money that belongs to the party as alleged. The records are there, except that Ms Oluchi Opara doesn’t even understand simple accounting, even as a treasurer. The party engages an External Auditor, and our account is under constant scrutiny by INEC or other regulatory bodies.”