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…enjoin all other aspirants from the South to support His Excellency,Dr Peter Obi candidacy

Former media aide to Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and PDP chieftain, Dr. Doyin OKUPE have declared his support for a presidential candidate from the South Eastern part of the country, for equity and fairness.

He made this known today at a press conference in Abeokuta Ogun State capital.

Dr. Okupe described the lingering issue of zoning as “politically fraudulent, unjust and inequitable.”

He said, “The matter has been referred to a committee of 37 members with a member each from every state of the federation and the FCT Abuja. One would have expected that the mandate of this committee would be such that it would discharge its duties and report to the NEC of the party within a maximum of 5-7 days. Sadly, this has not been so.”

He added that, “It is clear to me that those at the helm of affairs of the party are trying to hoodwink those of us aspirants from the South to commit ourselves to obtain the requisite forms before coming up with the original position that ‘every zone can contest the presidency’.But as a politician, I have come to accept the ill-defined zoning arrangement, and still forge ahead with my unrepentant call for a rotation of power to the South. I have consulted far and wide with the political stakeholders in my zone.”

Dr Okupe submitted that, “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, 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.

He however explained that, “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.”

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