Awka, Sept. 5, 2017 (TNE) : The Labour Party (LP) in Anambra has suspended its state Chairman, Mr Luke Ezeanokwasa, for violating the party’s constitution, but the national chairman disagreed with the order.
The party’s Publicity Secretary, Chief Rich Onourah, made this known in a communiqué issued in Awka on Tuesday at the end of the party’s meeting.
Onourah also said that the party passed a vote of no confidence on the chairman following allegations of financial misappropriation, failure to discharge his responsibilities and anti-party activities, among other offences.
It further noted that the suspension is in compliance with the party’s Constitution.
He said that Mr Uche Ugwoji had been unanimously chosen to act as the state chairman, with a five-member fact-finding disciplinary committee set up to investigate the suspended chairman.
The disciplinary committee has the party’s organising secretary, Mr Ifeanyi Iwougwu, as Chairman, while Mr Alex Ode Mbagwu would serve as Secretary.
However, the National Chairman of LP, Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, faulted the suspension of Ezeanokwasa, saying those who carried out the suspension had no right or mandate to do so.
Abdulsalam said that the party’s constitution stipulated the conduct of proper congress for removal of the state chairman.
“To the best of our knowledge, no proper congress was called for that purpose,” he said.
He also denied claims that the party’s governorship candidate for the Nov. 18 election in the state, Mrs Oluchukwu Ajulufo hails from Mbano in Imo, but from Neni in Anaocha Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, the claim is fraudulent and it is an attempt to tarnish the image of the party and our governorship candidate.
Abdulsalam said the party would take appropriate action on the issue at a later date.
Ajulufo, a journalist, emerged as the governorship candidate of the party at the Saturday’s primary election amid controversies.
An aspirant at the primary and former House of Representatives member, Dr Okey Enemuo, had expressed dissatisfaction with the outcome of the exercise, describing it as a “laughing stock.” (TNE)