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Nigerian physician, politician and Presidential aspirant, Adedoyin Ajibike Okupe better known as Dr. Doyin Okupe, declared that he has been taught by two past presidents on how to be a President.
The cum politician made this know in a recent interview on CityTalks with Reuben Abati on City105.1 monitored by Abati media.
The former presidential spokesperson made his intention known to contest the 2023 presidential election on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in August 2021.
Other politicians on the list of the PDP who have expressed interest in the 2023 Presidential race are: Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, Former Senate President and Secretary to the Government, Senator Ayim Pius, Veteran Journalist and Publisher of the Ovation Magazine, Chief Dele Momodu, and Former President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Sam Ohuabunwa
According to Dr. Okupe, the race for the President is beyond brandishing of Curriculum Vitae when it comes to national politics.
“I have worked with two major Presidents (President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan) in this country, I have been with them in hard times and in good times, I have seen what their fears were and how things are done.
“My situation is much better than those who came to gamble,” Dr Okupe said.
He stated that apart from Atiku Abubakar who was a former Vice President,” I am the most well positioned person to run the next administration after General Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.
In his view, “I have a lot of respect for Senator Anyim, he was a former secretary to government and I have the opportunity of working with him.
“Being a Senate President and a Secretary to the Government is far from being a President.
“Inspite of Ayim’s antecedents, I am still a better candidate than him,” Dr Okupe said.
He added, “there are different levels of government, the fact that you have occupied one does not mean you can do well in other areas.”
Dr Okupe blamed the failure of past Presidents in Nigeria on the lack of preparedness and he described the events where other people coerce others to vie for presidency as “idiotic.”
He alluded his interest to vie for the position of the President on his preparedness and motivations.
His words: “I have done my research, I know where the government failed, I know the bottle neck, I have designed a roadmap.
“I have reached a point and I have reached an age that I can give my optimum best, particularly, to address the issue of poverty, the issue of insurgency and insecurity and to relieve the pain of the masses and those who are needy and poor.
“From day one; if sworn-in-as-Presidents, I will announce 10 ministers whose names are already on my mind.
“After the first Federal Executive Council meeting, I will announce the remaining ministers.”