A Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stalwart, Doyin Okupe, who used to be the public affairs aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, has explained that his eldest son joined the campaign for the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari to spite him.
Okupe was in the campaign team of Senate President Bukola Saraki in his failed bid for the presidential ticket of the PDP. He has since then been promoting the candidacy of the party’s standard bearer, Atiku Abubakar.
But his son, Ditan Okupe, has asked to join the campaign team of Mr Buhari, a few days after the son of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Olujonwo, also joined the team.
In a letter to the Buhari campaign organisation, Ditan Okupe described President Buhari as the best candidate for the top job, adding that everything must be done to prevent the PDP and its cohorts from returning to power next year.
The spokesperson of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo, was on Thursday gleeful about the development, as he tweeted: “Breaking ranks with their fathers for PMB: Ditan Okupe, 1st son of Atiku’s man, Doyin Okupe, a UK-trained lawyer of 12 yrs post-call in Nig, volunteers to work 4 PMB’s campaign team just like OBJ’s son. Nigerian youths note: Atiku’s salesmen cannot even sell him to their children”.
Reacting in a tweet, Okupe said his son was supporting President Buhari to spite him over an issue they had in the past.
“Ditan Okupe is my son. He is a very brilliant young man. He went to Kings College, Lagos, Burkingham University, UK and did postgraduate in law at d London School of Economics. We both have had serious issues in the last five years.This may be his way of getting back at me. I wish him luck.”