The hierarchy of the Labour Party, Lagos State, has disowned the national publicity secretary of the party, Mr Abayomi Arabambi.
This was stated in a release by the secretary of the state chapter of the party, Mr Sam Okpala. The embattled national secretary was accused of anti-party activities and misleading the party in a legal tussle.
Recall that the National Working Committee of the party, weekend, sacked Arabambi as a result of his alleged role in expelling Mr Doyin Okupe, director general of Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council.
According to the release, “The former national publicity secretary, Arabambi Abayomi, being from the South West, was initially charged by the party’s national secretariat of Labour Party, led by the national chairman, Dr Julius Abure, to ensure that the party’s candidates for Senate and House of Representatives’ positions were listed in the INEC portal for the forthcoming general elections in 2023.
“The party did this to allow Arabambi to prove his critics wrong that he was/is an agent of the ruling APC to sabotage the Labour Party in the South-west zone in general and Lagos State in particular as was being suspected at the time.
“Dr Arabambi in the course of this task was given all the necessary support and assistance both financially and materially by the national leadership as well as the Lagos State chapter of the party.
“The matter in the High Court was so poorly managed and handled by Arabambi and his compromised team, which resulted in the matter being dismissed by the Federal High Court. This development was willfully hidden from the party leadership by Arabambi and his team for reasons only known by them.
“This poor performance was after Arabambi collected millions of naira from the party in Lagos State into his personal bank accounts purportedly for legal fees and other ancillary expenses in respect of the matter.
“To add salt to injury, Arabambi refused to hand over the matter and the case file to the party’s trusted legal team when the demand was made of him by the national leadership of the party since Arabambi and this team did not make any effort to file an appeal against the judgement of the lower court in any appeal court of the land even as he was aware that the window for doing same was elapsing with obvious implications for the party and her candidates.
“Anybody could hazard a guess here as to why a self-acclaimed ‘committed’ Labour Party man will exhibit such behaviour if not only to satisfy his paymasters at the detriment of the party.
“At this juncture, it became too obvious that Dr Arabambi and his cohorts were leading the party and her candidates to the point where the party will not be able to file an appeal.”