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April 23, 2024

2023: Peter Obi and I never believed in ideologies of Labour Party — Doyin Okupe 

2023: Peter Obi and I never believed in ideologies of Labour Party — Doyin Okupe 

By Miftaudeen Raji

Former director-general of the Labour Party presidential campaign, Doyin Okupe said he and the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, never believed in the ideologies of the party.

Okupe stated this in an interview on Arise Television.

According to Okupe, Labour Party was just a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for the presidential election.

Recall that in January, Okupe resigned his membership of the Labour Party, making a case for ideological differences.

Okupe said his membership of the party ended the moment Obi lost the election.

“The LP for us — for Peter Obi and I — and those in the leadership of the movement… the party was a special purpose vehicle (SPV).

“I have never been a labour person, I have never operated on the left before but we needed a platform and this was the only platform readily available to us.

“We thought that if we won the election… there are no fast and hard rules about ideologies. You can always find a shade between the left and the right. You can always move to the centre.

“We were hoping and praying that if we won we would find a way to come to some consensus with the labour.

“Peter Obi is not a labour person. He is not a leftist person, he is a trader, he is a businessman just like me. I am a liberal democrat, I believe in liberal democracy, I believe in free enterprise.

“I am not a social worker. As far as I’m concerned, my membership of labour expired the moment we lost that election.”

The former presidential aide said it was “unreasonable” for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to present a northerner as its candidate in the buildup to the 2023 election.