Doyin Okupe withdraws from 2023 presidency, backs Peter Obi
Dr. Doyin Okupe, a former aide to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has withdrawn from the presidential election in 2023.
He declared his support for Dr. Peter Obi, the former governor of Anambra.
Okupe made the announcement while speaking to reporters in Abeokuta, Ogun State, explaining that the move was made to ensure equity, justice, and fairness between the country’s northern and southern regions.
Doyin Okupe, who served as President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity and President Goodluck Jonathan’s Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, said he consulted widely with political stakeholders in the South before making the decision.
“I observed that the leadership of the PDP appears to be driving us all towards a fait accompli,” he said of the zoning arrangement for the presidential ticket in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“The issue of zoning is the most important consideration in the presidential primaries.”
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Doyin Okupe statement reads;
“In aligning myself with the wish of our elders and in the interest of equity and justice, I publicly admit that the 2023 political race must be conceded to the South-East; that is, the Igbos.
“I therefore, here and now proclaim that I am, as I have said publicly several times, withdrawing from the presidential race and I am declaring my support for the best aspirant not only in Igboland, but in Nigeria as a whole.
“At the same time, I want to enjoin all other aspirants from the South; Chief Dele Momodu, Senator Anyim, and His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike to come with me and let us team up with Peter Obi. So we can give the South the best possible chance.”
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