- Doyin Okupe has announced that he plans to contest the Nigerian presidency in the 2023 general elections
- The former senior special assistant on media and publicity to ex-Nigerian leader Jonathan said he, however, has conditions for joining the race
- Okupe argued that he had the experience, intellect and exposure required to become Nigeria's next leader
Doyin Okupe, a former media aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has thrown his hat into the ring ahead of 2023 presidential elections.
Okupe announced on his social media accounts on Friday, February 26 that he would be running for the Nigerian presidency in the next general elections under certain conditions.
These conditions, he explained, are the reasons for his joining the race.
"I sincerely believe that things do not need to be the way they are. I have been a very close aide of two great Presidents and have been close enough to Power to know what can be done under these perplexing circumstances."
According to Okupe, the conditions for him joining the race includes if:
1. Banditry continues nationwide
2. Kidnapping remains uncontrolled across Nigeria
3. Herdsmen attacks persist in the southwest
4. Boko Haram insurgency does not end
Speaking further, Okupe explained why he would make a good president for Nigeria.
"This writeup is not about immodesty. I am convinced within myself that I have the knowledge, intellect, exposure and experience that will be required to lead this nation out of its present predicament if no other serious-minded person is willing to offer themselves."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng also reported that Okupe on Sunday, February 28 expressed serious concern over the rising division among Nigerians.
Okupe said the division could lead to the breakup of the West African country if not quickly corrected by stakeholders.
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