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2019: Doyin Okupe’s Son Joins Buhari’s Campaign Team



Ditan Okupe, son of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Doyin Okupe, has joined President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign team three months to the 2019 presidential election.

His father was senior special assistant on public affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan and ardent support of PDP presidential campaign for the upcoming election, Atiku Abubakar.

Buhari is seeking re-election as president on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a letter dated November 8, 2018 addressed to Buhari’s campaign coordinator, Festus Keyamo, Ditan said he took the decision after carefully observing and analysing the country’s political terrain.

He said there is no better candidate than Buhari to take the country forward and that the Opposition PDP must be prevented from returning to power.

In a Twitter post, Keyamo likened Ditan’s move to that of Olujonwo Obasanjo, son of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who recently joined Buhari’s campaign team.

Responding, Okupe said he and his son have had serious issues in the last five years, and “this may be his way of getting back at me.”

He added that he can’t discuss the issues publicly but will continue to love his son with his whole heart.

He, however, let it slip that Ditan has been trying for months to get the contact of those he considers his political foes including Bola Tinubu, Buruji Kashamu and Gbenga Daniel.

Okupe was until recently the chairman of the media council for Senate President Bukola Saraki who lost the PDP presidential primaries to Atiku.

Obasanjo’s son, Olujonwo, joined Buhari’s campaign team in October in defiance of his father who has endorsed Atiku.

The former president has publicly criticised Buhari and advised him against seeking re-election.

Olujonwo met Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja last week to assure the president of his support.