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Doyin Okupe steps down as Peter Obi set to announce running mate

… to name Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed

Doyin Okupe, the director-general, of the Peter Obi Campaign Organisation and the placeholder for the vice-presidential position, has revealed that he is withdrawing as running mate to the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

Okupe made the move known on Thursday. This indicates that Peter Obi may soon announce his running mate.

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“This afternoon I submitted my withdrawal letter from the position of the Vice Presidential candidate of the Labour Party to INEC. A replacement will be announced by the national chairman of the party shortly. I feel greatly blessed to have been part of the foundation of success for the LP,” Okupe tweeted.

Obi will on Friday unveil Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed as his running mate for next year’s presidential election.

Baba-Ahmed is the Proprietor of Baze University, Abuja and Baba-Ahmed University Kano.

The unveiling of the vice presidential candidate was initially slated for Thursday to be done by the LP’s presidential candidate at the party’s national secretariate, Abuja. But the national chairman of the party, Barrister Julius Abure said that the ceremony could not go ahead as planned because the presidential candidate, who had travelled to Maiduguri and expected back in Abuja Thursday afternoon had his flight cancelled.

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