In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Arabambi Abayomi, had described the embattled state chairman of Obi-Datti Campaign Organisation as engaging in ‘clandestine conspiracy and fraudulent activities.’
This is even as Ihekweme denied the allegation, which he alleged was sponsored by certain members of the party’s architecture.
Abayomi accused Ihekweme of committing serial fraud by obtaining money from people under false pretext with the sole objective of compromising the party’s victory at the 2023 general elections.
The statement partly read, “Our attention has once again been drawn to a very clear act of fraudulent activities of one Fabian Ihekweme, the illegal Imo State Chairman of Peter Obi/Datti presidential campaign council through a committed, deliberate and conscious mission to run Labour Party into a complicated set of sectoral and serial fraud through obtaining money under false pretext with the sole objective of compromising Labour party victory in the 2023 general election.
“This is once again malicious and bizarre antics of Fabian Ihekweme in his quest to keep deceiving the public through a fraudulent collection of donations from unsuspecting members of the public
“His provocative and highly contemptuous press statement addressed to media organisations would have been ignored with its puerile contents but for the fact that silence is thought to mean consent in all ramifications.”
The Labour Party’s image maker, however, frowned at the manner that Ihekweme is running his Imo State platform, which was legally meant to take directives but unilaterally processed outside the constitutional influence of the party.
According to him, Labour Party remains the only authority on every aspect of the processes that are connected with the campaign for its legally presented candidates.
“Fabian in his very pitiful and totally arrogant, ignorant and pedestrian understanding of the constitution failed in his attempt to bring the party to some silly ridicule by making wrong claims that a candidate is free to independently set up a campaign team, free from the political party that presented him as a candidate.
“This and many primitive insinuations fuelled by ignorance were expressed in his so sinfully anti-Party misdemeanour of a state. He didn’t even stop at the foregoing as he went ahead to hand out threats to the leadership of the party.