Buhari's Successor In 2023 : 'IBB Had Me In Mind,' Says Okupe - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Friday, August 13, 2021

Buhari's Successor In 2023 : 'IBB Had Me In Mind,' Says Okupe

                              •Okupe

By Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

Prominent  politician  and former presidential aide, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has said that he perfectly rolled into the picture of the Nigerian who former military president, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, had painted of the next president of the country come 2023.

Okupe, a physician - turned politician claimed IBB had him in mind when he recently  discussed Nigeria’s ideal next president on Arise TV. 

The Minna - born retired Army helmsman had while appearing on the said Arise TV,  suggested that Nigeria’s next president should be an individual who could speak to the citizens, versed in economics, and have friends in every region.

He added that he had seen Nigerians - two or three, who have these qualities, and that they are in their sixties.

But Okupe clocked 69 on March 22 and hails from Ogun State which had produced a civilian President in Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (1999 - 2007) while the current Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, is also from Ogun. 

The Daily Crucible recalls that Okupe was a governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in Ogun State; served as Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and a Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

But speaking during live programme on Arise TV on Friday, Okupe said that the IBB “had me in mind” when he listed qualities of the nation's next president. 

“There’s no local government in this country that I’ve not visited five times. I’m the most fairly well-prepared person to be president.

“I think IBB got it right; believe me sincerely. That person should be one person who can pick up his phone and call at least one person in every local government of the country.

“That means he must be somebody who has socially interacted across sections of Nigeria and understands the terrain.

“I’m in my sixties, and I believe [that] by what IBB had actually said — I’ve not spoken to him — I have a feeling that he had me in mind. I must be one of the three persons he had in mind.

“Believe me, sincerely, there’s no local government in this country that I’ve not visited five times; there’s none. And I’m the most fairly well-prepared person to be president,” he claimed. 

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