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Okupe’s conviction won’t stop me, says Peter Obi

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Obi said he was undaunted by Okupe’s conviction and would continue with his campaign nonetheless.

By Jeffrey Agbo

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Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has said he would not be demoralised by the conviction of his campaign’s director-general, Doyin Okupe, for money laundering.

Okupe was convicted on Monday by a Federal High Court in Abuja. He was said to have collected N240 million in cash from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), without going through a financial institution.

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Speaking with journalists in Uyo at the Akwa Ibom State Council Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Obi said he was undaunted by Okupe’s conviction and would continue with his campaign and allow the law to take its course.

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“I am hearing about it (Okupe’s conviction) just like you. I am still studying what is coming out of the court and everything. I believe in the rule of law. It is not going to demoralise me,” said Obi.

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“Today, when I arrived Akwa Ibom somebody asked me why I haven’t been using my aircraft because it has been grounded and all that, and I said to him that nothing demoralises me.

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“In my life, I have never stayed where they dropped me, otherwise, I would have been where they dropped me before. This election, if they like, let them do anything about people who are around me. I will get there.”

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On the impression that he does not have political structure to win the presidential election, Obi said he was determined to dismantle the existing political structure in the country which encouraged corruption and spread poverty among Nigerians.

“The structure they have today is the structure we want to destroy. It is the structure of criminality. It is structure that produced 133 million people living in poverty.

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“It is the structure that produced 20 million out of school children. It is the structure that has made Nigeria surpass India in infant mortality. It is the structure that will destroy Nigeria and we want to destroy that structure,” he said.

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