The former campaign director general of the Labour Party (LP), Doyin Okupe, has withdrawn his membership from the party.
Doyin Okupe, 70, who headed the campaign operations for the party during Nigeria’s 2023 Presidential Elections, made his decision known in a resignation letter on Monday.
His 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.”
Doyin Okupe, a staunch supporter of Peter Obi, added that he had 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.”
He thanked the Labour Party presidential candidate 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 Organisation.
“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 Organisation.”
It can be recalled that David Okupe announced his withdrawal from Obi’s campaign in 2023 after he was investigated over some financial allegations he called “personal travails”.