The Chairperson of the Niger Delta Development Commission and a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Lauretta Onochie has been suspended by the APC, in Delta State.
It was gathered that, after a review of her conduct during the last general elections in Nigeria, executives of the party in Onicha-Olona, Ward 4, Aniocha North approved her suspension from the party.
A statement issued by the Party revealed Onochie’s alleged campaign for the candidate of the opposition the People’s Democratic Party. She was accused of instructing her allies and supporters to work for the PDP, causing the APC’s loss in her polling unit.
The executives also argued that she has never met her financial responsibilities to the party nor does she attend Ward, LGA meetings, or any of the party’s gatherings alike.
However, the suspension letter, which was signed by 27 Ward Executives, shows that they have lost confidence in the party chieftain.
The statement reads:
“LOSS OF CONFIDENCE AND SUSPENSION OF LORETTA ONOCHIE AS MEMBER OF THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS（APC）IN ONICHA OLONA WARD 4， ANIOCHA NORTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA. DELTA STATE.
“We, the under listed are the ward executive members of the All Progressives Congress in Onicha-Olona ward 4， Aniocha LGA， Delta State.
“We have painstakingly reviewed the conduct of the just concluded general elections at all levels and have noted, with dismay， that Lorreta Onochie， who is one of the leaders of our great party， worked against the success of the party in Onicha-Olona Ward 4， and beyond.
“The information available to us shows very clearly that she was openly campaigning for candidates of opposition parties， especially the People’s Democratic Party， in the run-up to the Presidential and National Assembly， as well as the Governorship and State House of Assembly Election. It was also observed that all her allies and supporters were working for the PDP in the state. The evidence of this could be seen in the fact that the party lost in her polling unit（unit 8， ward 4）in the Presidential， Senatorial， House of RepresentativesGovernorship, and State Assembly Elections.
“We also noted that she has failed to fulfill her financial obligations to the party and has never attended any ward＆LGA meetings or other party engagements.
“In the light of these grievous infractions discovered in her as stated in Article 21.2（i）（ii）， we have lost confidence in her membership of the party and hereby suspend her from the party with immediate effect.”