The Director General of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) of the Labour Party (LP), Doyin Okupe has resigned from his position at the Labor Party (PCC) with immediate effect,
This is coming less than 48 hours after he was convicted of money laundering by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
Okupe who was a former Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media to former President Goodluck Jonathan announced his resignation in a post he made on his social media pages.
“It’s time to step aside. But I am with PO and the Obidients and the Presidential Campaigns till God gives us victory in Jesus Name.”
It's time to step aside. But I am with PO and the Obidients and the Presidential Campaigns till God gives us victory in Jesus Name. pic.twitter.com/ZByUqN9orr
— Doyin (@doyinokupe) December 20, 2022
Okupe in a letter addressed to the Presidential Candidate of the Labor Party, Mr. Peter Obi, said to avoid having his personal travails become a distraction to Obi and the Labor Party, he has opted to step aside.
“You will recall that I briefed you yesterday about my personal travails in seeking justice and clearing my name using the Nigerian legal system to pursue same.
“I have invested so much in your campaign to allow my personal travails to become a source of distraction.
“In the circumstance, I have opted to step aside and plead that you appoint a new campaign DG who can continue the assignment with zero distractions.”
God bless you and family”
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu while convicting Okupe said he is guilty of contravening sections 16(1)&(2) of the Money Laundering Act, by accepting cash payments without going through a financial institution, in excess of the threshold allowed under the Act.
The court later made an order for the option of a prison sentence “OR” an option of payment of a fine in lieu of a prison sentence.
Okupe has since agreed to pay the N500,000 fine for each of the counts he was guilty of.