It’s too late for the newly appointed Director-General of the Labour Party presidential campaign council, Mr Akin Osuntokun to withdraw from the 25th February 2023 senatorial election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has ruled.
Osuntokun, who is on the ballot on the ticket of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) for Ekiti Central senatorial seat, was appointed by the Labour Party earlier in the week to replace Dr Doyin Okupe.
Okupe was convicted last week Monday by a Federal High Court in Abuja sentenced Okupe to two years imprisonment for breaching the money laundering act.
The former presidential special adviser was found guilty of 26 out of a 59-count charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. He later paid the option of fine of N500,000 on each of the counts — totalling N13 million, and was released the same day.
He then announced his resignation the next day, while Osuntokun was appointed in his place.
Osuntokun said that he has abandoned his senatorial ambition, adding that his position as the Labour Party campaign DG is a “higher calling”.
But INEC’s National Commissioner for Information and Voter Education, Barrister Festus Okoye told TheCable that Osuntokun remains the ZLP senatorial candidate as the period for withdrawal and substitution of candidates had passed.