Nigerian youths exhaled a sigh of relief on Friday as Dr. Doyin Okupe, a Labour Party chieftain, dismissed widespread speculations that he would be the Labour Party’s presidential candidate Peter Obi’s running mate.
According to reports gathered by Arise TV, Doyin Okupe was picked as the Vice Presidential candidate in a bid to escape the Friday, June 17 deadline provided by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Taking to his official Twitter page, Doyin Okupe debunked the rumours, claiming that the delay in naming a vice-presidential candidate for Peter Obi was due to a current arrangement inside the party geared at forging a grand alliance ahead of the 2023 presidential elections.
Noting that he is a placeholder, not Peter Obi’s running mate, Okupe tweeted: “Dear supporters of Peter obi, & all OBIdient members of the Obi movement, I had to take the VP slot to meet up wt d Inec deadline & not to predijuce d status of d emerging grand coalition we are putting together.shortly when d 3rd force is done,new arrangement ‘ll b substituted.
The Labour Party Chieftain also retweeted a tweet that read: “Just a stand in candidate. Till when talks about coalition are finalized. I am disappointed sort of as I spent the whole day anxious and anticipating the news, but it’s all good. It’s a marathon, and not a sprint… We await who the VP would be, in a week maybe.”
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