DOYIN OKUPE RESIGNS FROM LABOUR PARTY, LP REACTS
The former Director-General of the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, Doyin Okupe has resigned his membership fro. the party.
Okupe announced his resignation via a letter on Monday.
In his resignation letter, Okupe explained that he sees no reason to remain in the party after its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, lost the 2023 election.
He asserted that he is seeking an exit from the party because his ideology conflicts with that of the party.
The 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.
“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.”
Labour Party Reacts
The Labour Party (LP) has said that a former Presidential spokesman to ex-presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, Dr Doyin Okupe, has always been a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) man.
The National Publicity Secretary of the LP, Mr Obiora Ifoh, said on Monday that Okupe should not be where his ideology would be confused.
He was reacting to Okupe’s resignation from the LP in a letter dated Monday 8 January 2024.
“Yes, we received the letter from Dr. Doyin Okupe, tendering his resignation as a member of the Labour Party. We want to say that we wish him very well in his pursuit of his political career. We in the Labour Party cherish the moment we had with him.
“After a short time, December 2022, when he had cause to leave the campaign based on some legal issues, we thank him for the contributions he made when he was the chairman of the DG of the campaign.
“We wish him very well. We want to say that he is saying that he is leaving because he is a Liberal Democrat, while the Labour Party is a Social Democrat.
“It is also a good thing because he is not expected to be in a territory where his ideological bent will be confused or different. He has always been a PDP man, so the Labour Party expects that he will return to anywhere he wants to be.
“We wish him all the best in his future political pursuit. Though we saw the letter on social media but we have not received it officially,” Ifoh said.
Okupe in December 21, 2022 resigned as Peter Obi’s Campaign Director over conviction for corruption.
His resignation as the Director General (DG) of the LPs Presidential Campaign Council, followed money laundering conviction by a Federal High Court, in Abuja.
Okupe had, following his conviction, subsequently paid the sum of N13m, after Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu found him guilty of receiving over N200m cash from former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.
Okupe paid the N13m fine, just few hours to the deadline given by the court. He was replaced by Chief Akin Osuntokun.
Okupe was a National Publicity Secretary of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC). He was once detained under General Sani Abacha, and subsequently disqualified from participating in United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) primaries.
He was also a governorship aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State.