Doyin Okupe has stepped down from his position as the director-general of the Labour Party (LP) presidential campaign council.
He made this known in a letter on Tuesday following the ruling by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that convicted him of money laundering.
The letter was addressed to the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi.
In the letter, Okupe said, “Dear Peter, you will recall that I briefed you yesterday about my personal travails in seeking justice and clearing my name using the Nigerian legal system to pursue same.
“I have invested too much in your campaign to allow my personal travails to become a source of distraction.In the circumstances, I have decided to step aside and plead that you appoint a new campaign DG who can continue the assignment with zero distractions. God bless you and your family.”
At a sitting on Monday at the federal high court in Abuja, Ijeoma Ojukwu, the presiding judge, sentenced Okupe to two years imprisonment after he was found guilty of 26 out of a 59-count charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He was, however, given the option to pay a N500,000 fine on each of the counts — totalling N13 million.
Okupe paid the fine shortly after the sentencing.