The campaign Director-General for Mr. Peter Obi, the 2023 presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Doyin Okupe, has resigned.
In a letter sent to the LP presidential candidate on Tuesday, Okupe stated that he had decided to step aside rather than allow his personal interests to detract from Obi’s and the party’s campaigns.
The letter partly read, “Dear Peter, you will recall that I briefed you yesterday about my travails in seeking justice and clearing my name using the Nigerian Legal System to pursue the 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 plead that you appoint a new Campaign DG who can continue the assignment with zero distractions. God bless you and family.”
This development is coming after a Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday found Okupe guilty of accepting more than N200 million in payment from former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.
In her decision on Monday, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu found that Okupe’s behavior, who is the first defendant in the lawsuit brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had broken the Money Laundering Act.
As a result, the court decided that counts 34, 35, 36, and 59 involved Okupe’s culpability.
Okupe resorted to Twitter shortly after being found guilty on Monday to complain about his legal troubles and his enemies, saying, “God is not man. The enemies have tried in so many ways but kept on failing. Victory is of God.”