Ebonyi PDP suspends party chairman over alleged misconduct.
Over allegations of misconduct, the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party State Working Committee, Mr. Okorie Tochukwu has been suspended from the Ebonyi chapter.
Okorie was found to have allegedly diverted more than N53 million from the account without consulting other signatories.
Ifeanyi Nworie (deputy state chairman of PDP), disclosed the information after Monday’s SWC emergency meeting in Abakaliki. He also stated that the suspension was for one month.
Nworie claims Okorie was fired because he failed to organize executive meetings within the four-month period since he was reinstated by Abuja’s Court of Appeal.
He stated, “At today’s Emergency SWC meeting, we reviewed the activities and misconduct of Tochukwu Okorie, our chairman.
“The chairman has not organized a meeting in more than four months, which is against the party’s constitution.
“The Deputy Chairman, the Legal Adviser, the Publicity Secretary, and the Women Leader were among those at the Emergency meeting of today.”
Reacting to the suspension, Okorie described his alleged suspension as illegal, saying, “it is only the national leadership that can suspend me.
“I’m a member of the National Executive Council of the party and no member of the state working committee has the power to suspend me.
“On the alleged gross misconduct, I’m the chairman as directed by the court. I have the prerogative power to access the party’s account in carrying out party activities.”
Back in May, the Court of Appeal in Abuja ordered the reinstatement of Okorie as Chairman of PDP in Ebonyi State and sacked Silas Onu, who was formerly the occupant of the position.