The Labour Party has appointed Akin Osuntokun, a former political adviser to ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo, as the new director-general (DG) of the party’s presidential campaign council (PCC).
Osuntokun was announced as the replacement for Doyin Okupe by the national chairman of the party, Julius Abure on Tuesday after a strategic meeting of the party, which had Peter Obi, the party’s presidential flag bearer for the 2023 general election, members of the national working committee and several political candidates of the party in attendance.
Okupe resigned as the DG of the council on Tuesday, 20 December after a Federal High Court in Abuja convicted him of violating sections 16 (1) and (2) of the money laundering act for receiving over N200 million cash from a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).
Abure described the former managing director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as a “worthy and trustworthy” replacement for Okupe, saying he has the capacity and experience to drive the Obi-Datti campaign to success.
Prior to the new appointment, Osuntokun was the southwest zonal coordinator of the PCC.
He was the director of the presidential campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2011 and defected from the PDP to the LP in August 2022.