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I don’t regret statements I made before elections –Okupe

Posted: Apr 21, 2015 at 12:41 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Akinwunmi King

Snr Reporter, Lagos

Senior Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, has insisted that he has no regrets over all the statements he made before the conduct of the just-concluded elections.

Okupe, who posted this on his official Facebook page, said, “I have no regrets for any of the statements I made.

“Lai Mohammed said worse. This is the nature of politics. For anyone who cares to listen. We will be back, period.”

The post further read: “These are very interesting times in our nation. An election has come and gone. A victor has emerged and the loser has conceded.

“Yet some of our folks are behaving as if we have just gone through a war between two hostile nations.

“The APC agents all over the place are unrelenting in their tirades of abuses, insults and lies against President Goodluck Jonathan, his aides and supporters.


“It is shameful that we are still saddled with denying falsehood and fabrications in the social media and even by hitherto highly respected newspapers.

“Missing $20bn found in an account in Zenith. PGEJ returns tons of dollars to federation accounts. N2tn spent on elections by PGEJ. Okupe says Chibok girls will not be found.

“How many lies, deliberate falsehood and evil propaganda, outright curses and attacks must we suffer just because we lost an election in which we were never disgraced?

“Buhari polled 15m (56 per cent) while Jonathan scored 12m (46per cent). Those who talk to us disparagingly should respect the sentiments of the 12m Nigerians who voted for Jonathan.

“Of course, we have our reservations about the results but we will pass on that for now. We have lost this election, but this is not and can never be a crime.

“We are all Nigerians and having lost does not make us less. We should be allowed to bow out peacefully and constitutionally on the 29th of May.”

Okupe, who insisted that Buhari was not the type of leader Nigeria needs, further said: “Yes, I said Buhari was not electable. I also said his victory will not happen.

“I said and I still insist that Buhari has no WASC certificate. I said a lot of things to promote my candidate and many things to put his opponent down. President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, is not qualified to rule Nigeria.”

In another post, Okupe explained that one of the reasons why the Chibok girls were kidnapped was to present the Jonathan’s administration as incompetent and hold it to ransom against 2015 elections.

He also alleged that one of the reason the #BringBackOurGirls campaign was formed was to sustain and internationalise the embarrassment.

“One of the reasons President Jonathan lost the election was a national and international conspiracy predicted on this carefully choreographed and assiduously sustained perception.

“One of the issues that will be in the hand over notes will be the missing girls.

“What is reasonable and expedient for well meaning men and women of good conscience is to dialogue with the incoming administration on what best new approach to employ to find and rescue the Chibok girls.

“Not much can be achieved, except mischief, by continuing to flog this administration on this matter. I rest my case,” Okupe added.