Doyin Okupe resigns from Labour Party, citing ideological clash after 2023 elections

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Doyin Okupe, the erstwhile head of the Labour Party’s presidential campaign, has officially stepped down from the party, citing profound ideological differences that surfaced in the aftermath of the 2023 elections.

In a letter unveiled on Monday, Okupe elaborated on the schism, stating that his lifelong commitment to right-wing and liberal democratic principles clashed fundamentally with the Labour Party’s left-of-center ideology, rendering his continued membership untenable.

The letter elucidates, “I submit herewith my letter of resignation from the Labour Party with effect from today. You will recall that our flagbearer, Mr Peter Obi, myself, and others left the PDP abruptly and had to look for a Special Purpose Vehicle in which to contest the 2023 Presidential Elections.

“The Labour Party, your good self, and other members of your executives provided us with this veritable platform with no burdensomeness whatsoever and for which we were extremely grateful.

“We did contest the election on the platform of the Labour Party and lost. This makes it exceedingly difficult for me to continue to stay in the Labour Party which is ideologically rooted in the left of the center.

“I have been a rightist and a Liberal Democrat all my entire life. It is therefore this ideological conflict that makes me seek an exit so that I may continue my political activities with liberalism, sincerity, and freedom.

“I wish to thank you in particular and other members of the leadership of the party for the cordiality and respect accorded to me as the Director General of the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Organization.

“I wish you and the party success in your future endeavors. Long live the Labour Party. Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Your brother, friend and compatriot, Omooba (Dr Doyin Okupe, Former Director General Obi-Datti Campaign Organization.”

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