Doyin Okupe withdraws as a running mate to Peter Obi
Labour Party chieftain Doyin Okupe has withdraw from the position of Vice Presidential candidate of Labour Party.
He made the disclosure Thursday through his official Twitter handle. He equally disclosed that ‘a replacement will be announced by the national chairman shortly’.
Making the announcement Okupe said he feel blessed to have been part of the foundation of the success of Labour Party.
The message reads in part ” This afternoon I submitted my withdrawal letter from the position of Vice Presidential candidate of Labour Party to INEC. A replacement will be announced by the national chairman shortly”.
It will be recalled that Peter Obi had submitted the name of Doyin Okupe to INEC few weeks ago but in a placeholder capacity. INEC guideline permits a party to replace a placeholder candidate within a specified time frame.
It was believed that the submission of Okupe as a placeholder candidate was to enable Peter Obi and Labour Party to further consult on the most credible candidate that will push the interest of the party in the North.
Report from various quarters has it that such a candidate has been found in the person of Dr. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed is the founder and pro chancellor of Baze University. Though it is yet to get official confirmation from the party but sources says it is a done deal already.
There were initial discussions for a possible alliance between Peter Obi and Rabiu Kwankwaso. But that will no longer be possible. Both parties are going ahead with their separate plans.