Dr Doyin Okupe Tuesday resigned as the director-general of the Labour Party (LP) presidential campaign council ahead of the 2023 elections.
This followed his conviction, on Monday, by a Federal High Court in Abuja over money laundering. He was sentenced to two years in prison, with an option of fine.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu found him guilty in 26 out of a 59-count charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He paid a N500,000 fine on each of the counts, totalling N13 million in lieu of going to prison.
Okupe announced his resignation in a letter he addressed to Mr Peter Obi, dated December 20, 2022.
He wrote, “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 opted to step aside and plead that you appoint a new campaign DG who can continue the assignment with zero distractions.”