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Obi never believed in Labour Party, only wanted to win election – Okupe

Obi never believed in Labour Party, only wanted to win election – Okupe %Post Title

Peter Obi’s former campaign director-general during the 2023 presidential election, Doyin Okupe, had said he never believed in the ideologies of the party.

Speaking on ChannelsTV, Okupe described the Labour Party as a special purpose vehicle for the presidential election.

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,” Okupe said.

“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,” he added. 

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