JUST IN: Doyin Okupe pulls out of 2023 presidential race, backs Peter Obi

"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 Igbos."
JUST IN: Doyin Okupe pulls out of 2023 presidential race, backs Peter Obi

Dr. Doyin Okupe, a former Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, has pulled out of the 2023 presidential election race.

Okupe made the declaration on Wednesday while addressing journalists at the Iwe Iroyin Press Centre in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, according to The PUNCH.

The Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to President Goodluck Jonathan has now drummed support for the presidential bid of former Anambra Governor, Dr Peter Obi.

Okupe noted that his decision was finalised after consulting the political stakeholders in the South, adding that the move was to ensure equity, justice, and fairness between the Northern and Southern parts of the country.

He stated that a leader of socio-political group, Aferenire, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, appealed to him to withdraw from the race.

“Two weeks ago, Pa Ayo Adebanjo called me for the first time into his bedroom and admonished me that no matter what circumstances we Yorubas find ourselves in the ever gyrating political circus of Nigeria, I must uphold the truth and follow the path of equity and justice.”

“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.

“I and my supporters within and outside the PDP are teaming up with His Excellency, Peter Obi.

“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.

“For the avoidance of doubt, I am not fanning the embers of division, rather I am by this action lightening the torch of unity by establishing political stability on the pillars of truth and justice upon which the Bible tells us that even the throne of the Almighty God is founded,” he said.

Speaking on the zoning arrangement of the presidential ticket in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he said: “I observed that the leadership of the PDP seems to be driving us all towards a fait accompli.

“The most central consideration concerning the presidential primaries is the issue of zoning”.

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