A former aide to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has withdrawn from the 2023 presidential race.

He declared support for former Anambra Governor Dr Peter Obi.

Okupe made the declaration while addressing newsmen in Abeokuta, Ogun State, saying the move was to ensure equity, justice, and fairness between the Northern and Southern parts of the country.

Okupe, who was Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Olusegun Obasanjo and Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to President Goodluck Jonathan, said, he has consulted far and wide with the political stakeholders in the South before taking the decision.

Speaking on zoning arrangement of the presidential ticket in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he said: “I observed that the leadership of the PDP seems to be driving us all towards a fait accompli.

“The most central consideration concerning the presidential primaries is the issue of zoning”.

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