Former Director-General of Peter Obi’s Labour Party (LP) Presidential Campaign Organisation, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has served notice of quitting the party.
The 70-year-old medical doctor and former aide to Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan resigned on Monday.
Prior to joining LP in the build-up to the 2023 presidential election, he had been a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Initially the campaign Director General of LP Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi, he would later withdraw from the position.
He was replaced by Chief Akin Osuntokun.
Okupe’s resignation letter read: “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.”
He had to resign as Director General (DG) of the LPs Presidential Campaign Council, following a money laundering conviction by a Federal High Court, in Abuja.
Okupe paid the sum of N13 million after being found guilty of receiving over N200 million cash from former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.