The Labour Party, one of Nigeria’s political parties, is standing tall in the face of current adversities rocking the party.
Yesterday, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High court sitting in Abuja sentenced Doyin Okupe, the Director-General of LP’s Presidential Campaign Council to two years imprisonment (with the option of fines) on charges of money laundry and criminal diversion of funds amounting to the tune of 702 Million naira.
Reacting to the development, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi stated that the party was not demoralized by the “witch-hunting of persons in his campaign team”, adding that the development cannot break his resolve to be Nigeria’s next president.
“I am still studying what is coming out of the courts and everything, I believe in the rule of law. It is not going to demoralize me” Obi told Journalists at the NUJ Secretariat in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom state.
A chieftain of the Labour Party and founder of One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Eholor also said Okupe’s conviction would not in any way affect the party.
“I am not sure it is going to affect the campaign of the Labour Party, Doyin Okupe is just one of the individuals in this campaign train,” he said.
Eholor said that Labour Party would overcome this setback just as it did with the controversy surrounding the membership of Retired Major General John Eneche- who was accused of being involved in the Lekki Massacre- into the Presidential campaign Council. Eholor also called on Okupe to appeal the case, urging him to resign his position as the DG of the party’s PCC.
“I’m sure with his position he may resign honorably and let other people take charge as the DG of the campaign team, we have very good men and women highly respectable who can fit into that shoe ‘if’ need be. We are not there yet” he said.