Jonathan’s former aide, ‎Doyin Okupe, dumps PDP

Doyin Okupe
Doyin Okupe

Doyin Okupe, a former Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Affairs, has abandoned the Peoples Democratic Party.

In a Facebook post on Sunday, Mr. Okupe said the PDP had become so deep in crisis that the former ruling party could no longer be saved, notwithstanding the faction that emerges victorious in the ongoing battle for the party’s control between Ahmed Makarfi and Ali Sheriff.

Mr. Okupe served Mr. Jonathan as public affairs aide from 2012 until the former president was defeated in 2015.

The politician, from Ogun State, also said he would no longer participate in active politics for the foreseeable future unless he’s called upon by divine intervention.

Protracted crisis in the PDP has seen the party lose several of its political bigwigs since losing power after 16 years at the helm, including serving senators and members of the House of Representatives.

Read his full statement bellow:

It is time to say GOODBYE TO PDP.

It is with deep regret that I publicly announce my resignation from the People’s Democratic Party.

It has to be public because the PDP no longer exists in my ward as a single unified party; it was when I joined it.

My resignation  is based on periods of long introspection and some of the following reasons:

1. It is no longer news that the PDP has been embroiled in a fratricidal internal crisis brought upon it by itself.

Its current direction is difficult to discern and I am convinced that even when the much-expected judgement from the Supreme Court is given, the future of the party is not likely to be significantly affected whichever way the judgement goes.

2. There seems to be too much deception, selfishness and gross nepotism in our polity nationally.

During the NRC and SDP era, there existed true nationalism and brotherhood.

Northern NRC politicians will under no circumstance undermine their party for any parochial reason. Also, neither will a Southern NRC politician, under any circumstance betray their party.

Abiola was a Yoruba man, yet those of us who were Yorubas in the NRC never once thought of voting for him.

The commitment in the North was even more profound. Even the Northern SDP rejected a distinguished successful Kano-born Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Bashir Tofa, and voted for a Southern Yoruba Muslim candidate. Worse than that, both Abiola and his running mate, Amb. Baba Gana Kingibe were Muslims. Yet, it did not matter.

Today, political parties have lost their importance and identities. Once the candidate is Northern, his party is immaterial, all northerners irrespective of their professed party affiliations will vote for him.

This is the major reason why there has been a total absence of opposition in the country in the last two years, and may probably be responsible for the polarisation and sharp ethnic divisions we are currently witnessing in the country.

In the east, there is intense anger and loud call for secession, in the south-south, there is absolute indignation and very resolute demand for total control of their resources, while the south-west is bellicose and hell bent on true federalism and restructuring which many prominent Northerners openly oppose for good or for bad.

Under these circumstances, political parties have lost their flavour and relevance.Certainly, a party like my former party, PDP has no future in the evolving Nigerian Political Circus.

3. This political confusion has percolated to the states, Ogun state being one of the worst hit.
The leadership of the party has been irredeemably fictionalised for nearly a decade.

Presently it is divided broadly into two major factions. One headed by Hon Ladi Adebutu and the other by Senator Buruji Kashamu.

Unfortunately, I do not fit into either group. Hence it becomes extremely difficult for me to operate as a politician under the PDP umbrella in the state.  Yet, all politics is local.

4. The situation in the country may in the nearest future require that matured men of goodwill standby to play a unifying role for the political stability of the country. My membership of PDP may directly or indirectly preclude me from gratifying such noble and patriotic desire.

Undeniably, I have been one of the major beneficiaries (not financially) of the PDP. But for a fact, the PDP and the APC are political platforms that have now expired or in the process of being so.

Therefore, no matter my commitment and passion for this great party, the PDP, it has become menopausal and can no longer bear fruits.

I have therefore decided to withdraw a bit and study the political situation more critically and thereafter take a decision soonest on my next political move.

I will miss my friends, associates and co-travelers on this tortuous political journey and adventure. However, it is also still possible that our paths cross in the nearest future, which will be a delight.

But in spite of my stated pessimism, I sincerely express my best wishes to the more courageous party faithful who I am leaving behind, and I also pray for God’s guidance for them.

For how far I have gone, I remain eternally grateful to Almighty God and Jesus Christ my saviour, to whom ALL powers belong. If it is His will that I still play a role in National Politics in future, then most certainly, and by His grace, I WILL BE BACK.


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  • Intrepid

    Food had been served politician. Yeye!

  • dami

    Why won’t he dump pdp….when all he walked away with was a Range Rover sport while his mates made off with hundreds of millions or even billions sef….yeye dey smell…

    • aisha ani

      Please don’t kill me.

  • Charles

    No don’t wait for divine intervention to come back to politics, rather wait for the usual satanic intervention, because people like you don’t have anything to do with divine intervention.

  • George

    Yoruba man. The moment he saw Abati and Kayode has been arrested he quickly went to OBJ to beg and he was advised to lie low for his sins to be forgiven.

    That is why he was never arrested I have his pictures lying flat down at OBJ parlor begging as Diya did to Al-mustafa.

    This is a goat who once said he is ATTACK LION. This is type of Yoruba Lion AND now he is gone waiting for another food to be prepared then he will return from his hallucination with un-control noise to say we are back while he was hiding.

    • Hah!

      I respectfully reject your submission on the loquacious Okupe’s jumping the boat. Coward acts is not a matter of the tribe a person come from but lack of morality of a typical Nigerian politician.

  • suleiman

    May be he has a hint DSS and EFCC will soon pick him up. His next port of call is the APC. Mark my words, every bad boy or girl runs to APC for cover. That is why the likes of Uzoh Kalu are there. Nigerian politicians have no shame neither do they have a sense of patriotism. They are empty barrels without conscience and all they know is self. May God deliver us from them. GEJ will soon find he is a loner because he refused to accept sound advice and relied on these con artists. May God help him. Had he listened to sound advice from some of us, the situation in Nigeria would be different today.