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Doyin Okupe steps down as Obi campaign DG, says ‘I am with PO and obidients’

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By Oludare Mayowa

The Director General of the Labour Party presidential Candidate Peter Obi – Obi-Datti Campaign Organisation – Doyin Okpue, has stepped down from the position.

He made this known in a terse statement he personally signed and addressed to the presidential candidate of the Labour Party on Tuesday.

“You will recall that I briefed you yesterday about my personal travails in seeking justice and clearing my name using the Nigerian Legal System to pursue same.

“I have invested too much in your campaign to allow my personal travails to become a source of distraction.

“In the circumstances, I have opted to step aside and appoint a new Campaign DG who can continue the assignment with zero distractions,” He wrote in the statement.

“It’s time to step aside. But I am with PO and the Obidients and the Presidential Campaigns till God gives us victory in Jesus Name,” Okupe later wrote on his Twitter handle.

In a chain of reactions that follows the statement on Twitter, Rinu Oduala wrote; “A sign of what to expect from Peter Obi’s government. No one will be exempted from doing the right thing.”

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Another Tweep @LiMegatronic wrote; “You are an honorable man. I still would have stuck with you and @PeterObi if you didn’t step down. We know this was a smear campaign. You have my highest respect sir.”

However, from the opposing side, this Tweep Kawu Garba wrote; “You are gone. Na Peter Obi remains, we’ll drag him to court also. Just watch out.”

Also, Daniel Regha wrote; “Doyin Okupe u stepping aside doesn’t wash away ur N702m money laundering conviction; Obidients are applauding ur act thinking it’s honorable but that’s cos most choose to be gullib!e. If truly u wanted to lead by example, serving ur 2-year jail term was the right thing to do.”

Global Financial Digest reported on Monday that an Abuja court sentenced Okupe to two and half years for breaching the Money Laundering Act following his arraignment in the court by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).

The EFCC had arraigned Okupe in 2019 on a 59-count charge bordering on alleged money laundering and diversion of funds to the tune of N702 million.

He was arraigned before Ijeoma Ojukwu, the presiding judge, alongside two companies – Value Trust Investment Ltd and Abrahams Telecoms Ltd.

Okupe was said to have received cash from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) while Sambo Dasuki was in office.

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