Doyin Okupe Is A Hireling, I’ve Used And Dumped Him Before, Ikimi Confesses
A national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Tom Ikimi today described Senior Special Assistant to President Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, as a hireling who could be used and dumped for the next person to hire for any dirty job.
Ikimi who was the Chairman of the merger committee of APC stated this today in a veiled response to Okupe’s statement on Sunday in which he described leaders of the new party as expired analogue party men of yester years.
In a smart way of exposing Okupe as a presidential aide who still hob-nobs with him (Ikimi), the APC leader said “Well, now water is seeking its own level. And I am glad you have described my good friend Doyin Okupe as my former publicity secretary. I have an excellent relationship with Doyin Okupe. I speak to him on the phone regularly.
I believe he is doing the job that he is being paid to do in the rank of PDP and in his office. I had used Doyin Okupe before to do various things and I believe the President is now finding him useful to do some of those things. But this time negative things.”
Expressing joy that opposition parties were able to come together for once in the history of the country, Ikimi said: ”To me, the news brought a great feeling of personal accomplishment as I had for several years now looked forward to a scenario where there would be two dominant political parties in Nigeria as in the case of most civilized democracies.”
He said that the press briefing was to acknowledge the sincerity and commitment of major party leaders like Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and the 88 politicians who worked in the merger committee. He also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the courage to ignore the machinations of APC opponents to register the new party.
“The have to deliver a free and fair general elections in 2015. We must move away now permanently from the aberration of 2007 election. Accordingly, Prof Atahiru Jega must ensure that INEC personnel from top to bottom is urgently overhauled and that biometrics partially introduced in 2011 is fully implemented in 2015. The major challenge now in the hands of that leadership is to carry out this assignment in a transparent and credible manner as such would give very clear signals that APC is presenting a clear departure from the sordid past.
“This can be done through a credible membership registration process, transparent congresses and national convention in accordance with the party’s constitution. At the end of the day all who subscribe to membership of the APC must be assured of unfettered opportunities which a mega party should guarantee.”
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