Doyin Okupe quits Labour Party

Doyin Okupe

Former presidential spokesman Doyin Okupe has left the Labour Party (LP) where he was presidential campaign director-general before the 2023 polls.

In a letter dated January 8, 2024, and addressed to the party’s national chairman Julius Abure, Mr Okupe said his decision to leave the LP was because of ideological conflict.

His letter reads, “I submit herewith my letter of resignation from the Labour Party with effect from today. You will recall that our flagbearer, Mr Peter Obi, myself and others left the PDP abruptly and had to look for a Special Purpose Vehicle in which to contest the 2023 Presidential Elections.

“The Labour Party, your good self, and other members of your executives provided us with this veritable platform with no burdensomeness whatsoever and for which we were extremely grateful.

“We did contest the election on the platform of the Labour Party and lost. This makes it exceedingly difficult for me to continue to stay in the Labour Party which is ideologically rooted in the left of the center.

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“I have been a rightist and a Liberal Democrat all my entire life. It is therefore this ideological conflict that makes me seek an exit so that I may continue my political activities with liberalism, sincerity and freedom.

“I wish to thank you in particular and other members of the leadership of the party for the cordiality and respect accorded to me as the Director General of the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Organization.

“I wish you and the party success in your future endeavors. Long live the Labour Party. Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Your brother, friend and compatriot, Omooba (Dr Doyin Okupe, Former Director General Obi-Datti Campaign Organization.”

In 2023, Okupe withdrew from the campaign of the LP’s presidential candidate Peter Obi as its director-general following his conviction for money laundering to the tune of N700 million.

He was jailed for two years, but the judge placed an option of a fine of N13 million, which he took and avoided time in prison.