Okupe Quits PDP, Says Party Is Barren
Posted by Head Editor on 3rd July 2017
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THE ex-Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Okupe, who was also a former spokesperson for former President Olusegun Obasanjo, announced his retirement from the PDP on Sunday.

Okupe, a former national chairmanship aspirant of the party, said that happenings within the party had indicated that there was no way the PDP would bear fruits in the future.

He said his resignation from the party was after what he referred to as a long introspection.

Okupe said he made his resignation from the party public because he was not sure who to direct his letter to.

The PDP had been embroiled in a leadership crisis at the national level following the rejection of its Court of Appeal-recognised National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, by some PDP governors and members.

The aggrieved governors and some members of the party’s caucuses had pitched their tent with the National Caretaker Committee headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

Okupe said that the party was no longer a united party in his Iperu-Remo ward, hence his decision to publicly announce his resignation from the party.

He said, “It is with deep regret that I publicly announce my resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party.

“It has to be public because the PDP no longer exists in my ward as a single unified party that it was when I joined it.

“It is no longer news that the PDP has been embroiled in a fratricidal internal crisis brought upon it by itself.

“Its current direction is difficult to discern and I am convinced that even when the much expected judgment from the Supreme Court is given, the future of the party is not likely to be significantly affected whichever way the judgment goes.

“There seems to be too much deception, selfishness and gross nepotism in our polity nationally.”

He said during the National Republican Convention and Social Democratic Party era, there existed true nationalism and brotherhood.

Okupe added, “Northern NRC politicians will, under no circumstance, undermine their party for any parochial reason. Also, neither will a southern NRC politician, under any circumstance, betray his party.

“Abiola was a Yoruba man, yet those of us who were Yoruba in the NRC never once thought of voting for him.

“The commitment in the North was even more profound. Even the northern SDP rejected a distinguished, successful Kano-born presidential candidate, Alhaji Bashir Tofa, and voted for a southern Yoruba Muslim candidate.

“Worse than that, both Abiola and his running mate, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, were Muslims. Yet, it did not matter.”

Presently, he said the party was divided broadly into two major factions, with one being headed by Ladi Adebutu and the other by Senator Buruji Kashamu.

He said, “Unfortunately, I do not fit into either group. Hence, it becomes extremely difficult for me to operate as a politician under the PDP umbrella in the state. Yet, all politics is local.”

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