A former special assistant to former President Goodluck Jonathan on public affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has joined the Accord Party.
Dr. Okupe took the decision three weeks after he announced his resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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He explained in a Facebook post on Tuesday that the move followed various consultations with political associates, family and friends, adding that his decision was based on deep reflection on who he is and what he wants from politics.
“To me, politics does not begin and end with winning or losing elections. It’s not about big or small parties either, it’s also beyond personal relationships or endearing associations or friendships. There exists in our communities several platforms on which such affiliations and sentiments can be sufficiently gratified. To me, Politics is about service to the people, policies and ideologies that will serve the best interests of the greater majority of the society, forthrightness and accountability, honour and integrity.
“I am not desperate to be anything anymore, but I am desperate to find and work with other Nigerians especially, our young and vibrant upcoming politicians to establish a political incubator to breed a new generation of leaders who will do things right, maintain high ethical standards and abhor greed, avarice, selfishness and impunity,” said the former presidential aide.
He claimed that majority of the national parties were put together with a false sense of national spread.
“Irrespective of how they came to power, they end up being inequitable and manifestly exist to serve the interests of a minority few and/or that of a tiny section of the country. I want to belong to a political party that will be able to publicly state its position on troubling national issues like requests for self-determination by a section of the country, resource control, federalism and restructuring, religious intolerance, atrocities of Fulani herdsman, unequal standards in national university admission policy, and much more.Any political party that does not have an openly stated position or stand on these issues is a mere association of elites coming together only to feather their own nests or at best a deceptive political contraption put together by a few to seize power for a few and for the benefit of a few,” Okupe added.
“Any political party that does not have an openly stated position or stand on these issues is a mere association of elites coming together only to feather their own nests or at best a deceptive political contraption put together by a few to seize power for a few and for the benefit of a few,” Okupe added.
He, however, noted that an official date of declaration by him and his supporters in Ogun State would be announced shortly.