From Laide Raheem, Abeokuta
Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the exit of former senior special assistant to former President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, from the party as “good riddance and non-issue.”
The party equally said Okupe’s departure would not, in anyway, have immediate or long term effect on the fortunes of the party, both in the state and nationally.
Okupe had, on Sunday, officially announced his exit from the PDP, and claimed the party had become “menopausal and can no longer bear fruits.”
But, state Publicity Secretary of the party, Bolaji Adeniji, in a statement in Abeokuta yesterday, said Okupe would not be begrudged for a personal decision and added that no one would miss him for any fundamental ideology.
Ogun PDP further said his decision was aimed at embarrassing the party, particularly with his wild and unpatriotic remarks, and said his reasons for dumping the party were based on self-serving decision.
“Okupe’s statement smacks of an elder who does not know the limits of talking and goofs irredeemably.
“Okupe, in his statement, noted that the future of the party may not be significantly affected whichever way the judgment of the Supreme Court goes.
“We find this unfortunate because it shows that he is one of those who do not mean well for the party.
“It is shameful that at a time when relevant stakeholders such as governors, senators, board of trustees (BoT) members and other loyal members, have resolved to forge ahead in unity irrespective of the apex court decision.
“An Okupe is a lone voice, steeped in negativity and backwardness,” the party said.