The Labour Party has appointed former Political Adviser to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, Mr. Akin Osuntokun as the new Director General of its Presidential Campaign.
This was announced by the party’s National Chairman, Julious Abure, in Abuja, on Tuesday.
According to him, the decision was reached after wide consultations with party stakeholders across board.
Osuntokun succeeds Doyin Okupe who recently resigned as the Director-General of the campaign council for the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi. Until recently, Osuntokun was the Zonal Coordinator (South) of the campaign council.
A former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Osuntokun served as Political Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and as Director of the Presidential campaign of the People’s Democratic Party in 2011.
Recall that Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of a Federal High Court in Abuja on December 19, 2022 had found Okupe guilty of receiving over N200 million cash from former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, ruling that his action violated the Money Laundering Act.
The court held that Okupe was guilty in counts 34, 35, 36, and 59 and sentenced him to two years imprisonment with an option of a fine.
Okupe, an ally of Obi right from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before the duo joined the LP this year, subsequently paid a N13m fine and escaped being jailed.
Okupe, a former aide to then President Goodluck Jonathan, later resigned as the director-general of Obi’s campaigns.