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VP: Peter Obi announces Doyin Okupe as place holder

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Doyin Okupe, a former Senior Special Assistant to former president, Goodluck Jonathan

Labour Party has announced Doyin Okupe as a place holder for the vice presidential slot to enable it beat the Friday deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Okupe, a former spokesperson to former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has been one of the leading advocates for a Peter Obi presidency.

He is also the director of Peter Obi Campaign Organisation.

Speaking on Channels TV’s Politics Today, Doyin Okupe said he is ‘standing in’ as vice presidential candidate of the Labour party.

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He however noted that if his candidacy holds, he will run alongside Peter Obi in the 2023 presidential elections.

“Choosing the vice presidential candidate is an electoral process and it does not stop until the process and schedule ends,” Doyin Okupe said.

“INEC allows you to present a candidate and later on, if you want to substitute, you may do so, if necessary. But if it’s not necessary, you may as well continue,” he added.

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