17th June, 2022
Dr Doyin Okupe has clarified that he is only ‘standing in’ as the running mate to Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party.
Okupe clarified the situation on Friday after Labour Party submitted his name to INEC to beat the June 17 deadline issued to political parties.
The election body had issued June 17 as the deadline for the submission of the name of a vice-presidential candidate.
Speaking to Channels TV on Friday, Okupe who is the Director-General of the Peter obi Campaign said:
“Choosing the vice-presidential candidate is an electoral process and it does not stop until the process and schedule ends.
“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.”
However, if Okupe’s candidacy holds, he will run alongside Peter Obi in the 2023 presidential elections.
But the party had announced its Vice President will come from the North.