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Labour Party submits Doyin Okupe name to INEC as Peter Obi running mate

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi has submitted the name of a former presidential spokesman, Doyin Okupe as his vice-presidential candidate to the electoral body.

Okupe disclosed this while answering questions on a Channels Television programme, Politics Today on Friday.

The former presidential spokesman said he would be standing in for the presidential candidate of the party.

According to him, his name has been submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by his party to beat the June 17 deadline issued by the electoral body to all political parties.

“Choosing the vice-presidential candidate is an electoral process and it does not stop until the process and schedule ends,” Okupe said.

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“INEC allows you to present a candidate and later on, if you want to substitute, you may do so, if necessary. But if it’s not necessary, you may as well continue.

“So the present situation is that we believe that this Labour party government that is essentially going to be about young Nigerians. Those of us who have been part and parcel of our sordid past must be prepared to pay the sacrifice, even the personal sacrifice, of allowing a situation we can lift our youths to positions of power and authority.

“I am willing to put down my back, so that young people can stand and come to the top,” Okupe said.

“I Dr Doyin Okupe is standing in as the vice-presidential candidate for the Labour party,” he said.

Recall that Friday, June 17 is the deadline for the submission of names of vice-presidential candidates of all political parties involved in the general elections.

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