Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) has said the conviction of Doyin Okupe, the party’s presidential campaign director-general, over money laundering would not break his resolve of becoming Nigeria’s president in 2023.
Obi said this during an interaction with journalists in Uyo at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Akwa Ibom State Council Secretariat on Monday.
The presidential candidate said he was undaunted by the conviction and that he would continue with his campaign and allow the due process of law to take its course.
Obi said, “I am hearing about it (the 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.
“Today, when I arrived in 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.
“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.”
Dr Okupe, was on Monday found guilty of receiving over N200 million cash from a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (Retd.) which contravenes sections 16 (1) and (2) of the money laundering act.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja, therefore, sentenced him to two years imprisonment with an option of N500,000 fine on each of the 26 count charges, out of the 59 counts brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for which he was found guilty.
The judge gave the DG until 4:30 pm (the close of work) on Monday to pay the N500,000 in each of the counts, amounting to N13 million, or be sent to the Kuje Correctional Centre to serve his prison term.