By VINCENT UJUMADU
AWKA—A MAJOR leadership crisis is rocking the Anambra State chapter of the Labour Party, LP, with members of the state executive announcing yesterday the sacking of the chairman, Jude Ezenwafor over alleged misappropriation of N6.5 million belonging to the party.
He was alleged to have collected the money during the last state, local government and ward congresses of the party in Anambra State.
Ezenwafor denies allegation
In a swift reaction, Ezenwafor said those who announced his removal from office had no powers to do because they were not members of the party.
He said: “Our executive is still intact and we are forging ahead. They wanted to hold congress and the court stopped them, but they still went ahead to sack us. They only want to create confusion in Labour Party as they had done in their former parties and we will not allow that to happen.The allegation of embezzlement is frivolous and I want them to name those who allegedly gave me money.”
Following the allegation of financial misappropriation, the party set up a five- member committee headed by Chief I.A. Anumba to look into the allegation.
After a long lengthy deliberation, the committee recommended the removal of the chairman, having found him guilty of the allegation.
According to the committee, the chairman allegedly collected money from a serving senator in the state in his capacity as chairman, but failed to account for it, claiming that he had exhibited acts of dishonesty and gross insensitivity to the affairs of LP.
Part of the report of the committee read: “Going by the enormity of the alleged actions and the seriousness of our findings, the committee is of the opinion that the state executive of Labour Party should be politically critical to issues that concern the party. This singular act (embezzlement) has eroded the confidence of the entire members on the state chairman and has pitched him against all party faithful in the state.