Special Assitant to Obasanjo and Jonathan, Doyin Okupe tenders apology to Igbo people
There is news about Nigerian political heavyweight Doyin Okupe.
Doyin Okupe who was a Special Assistant to former President Obasanjo (Media & Publicity) and Senior Special Assistant to former President Jonathan (Public Affairs) is in the news after tendering an apology.
In a series of tweets, Okupe stated that he wanted to run for the office of the President in 2023 and why the Igbo tribe will not get support from the North.
He said, “An Igbo President is only possible if we are able to evolve a grand National Consensus on the project such as that which was enacted in 1999, when the 2 presidential candidates were Yoruba.”
“A national consensus for Igbo Presidency cannot evolve until the core north forgives the Igbos for the killing of Sardauna of Sokoto by Nigerian soldiers of Igbo extraction in the 1966 Coup.”
“This is the political Knot only the Igbo leaders must spearhead and with the support of other well meaning Nigerians, resolve with a high level of humility and political dexterity.”
“If this consensus emerges, in the interest of equity, fairness & national unity, I will shelve my ambition & support whoever is chosen as a candidate by my party.”
“However, in the event that this national consensus is not achievable, I WILL RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2023 by God’s Grace.”
“I made a statement of fact that unless a national consensus emerges, it will be impossible for a Nigerian president to emerge from the east. This is a political fact.”
“This is a political fact.”
“It is not just the east but also neither the SW, SS nor the middle belt can produce a president without a national consensus. Unfortunately, the North with its numbers only need one other zone in the south to produce a President.”
“This is also a fact. Check Alhaji Shehu Shagari’s election results. The SW produced a president in 1999 through this national consensus. FACT.”
“If the North for whatever reason does not buy-in into the Igbo Presidency it is not going to be feasible.”
After criticism, he has amended his initial statement with an apology.
The apology on his official Twitter account reads, “OPEN APPOLOGY TO THE IGBOS.
“I tender my unreserved appology 2 d Igbos & other nigerians who felt offended by my post on igbo presidency and the north.I never intended to hurt or demean the Igbos.Instead I wanted 2 help actualise d dream. I regret d said post, & I am truly sorry.”
OPEN APPOLOGY TO THE IGBOS.
I tender my unreserved appology 2 d Igbos & other nigerians who felt offended by my post on igbo presidency and the north.I never intended to hurt or demean the Igbos.Instead I wanted 2 help actualise d dream. I regret d said post, & I am truly sorry.
— Doyin (@doyinokupe) March 20, 2021