Okupe withdraws as Peter Obi set to announce running mate

Doyin Okupe

Director general of Peter Obi Presidential Campaign Organisation Doyin Okupe has withdrawn from his position as running mate to Mr Obi who is the presidential candidate of the Labour Party.

Mr Okupe tweeted on Thursday that he had submitted his withdrawal letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“This afternoon I submitted my withdrawal letter from the position of the Vice Presidential candidate of the Labour Party to INEC. A replacement will be announced by the national chairman of the party shortly,” the former presidential aide said.

Okupe added that he felt “greatly blessed to have been part of the foundation of success for the Labour Party.”

Okupe’s name was submitted to beat the June 17 deadline fixed by the INEC.

The Labour Party and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) had held discussions on a possible merger. However, neither of the party’s presidential candidates was willing to step down for the other.

On Tuesday, Okupe said about the talks, “Those discussions about merger, alliance and all that, was led by me from our side, and it is dead.”

Obi is expected to announce the founder of Baze University, Abuja Yusuf Baba-Ahmed as his running mate on Friday according to party sources.