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Okupe Claims 2022 Conviction Politically Motivated

Dr. Doyin Okupe, the former Director-General of the now-defunct Peter Obi Presidential Campaign Organization, has asserted that his 2022 conviction for money laundering was driven by political motives. Okupe, speaking on Arise TV, emphasized that his legal troubles stemmed not from corruption, as some have suggested, but from political persecution.

The conviction, handed down on December 19, 2023, by the Federal High Court in Abuja, followed charges brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Okupe was found guilty of laundering N700 million and was sentenced to two years in prison, though the court offered an option of a fine instead.

In an appearance on Arise TV, Okupe elaborated on his claims, suggesting that certain factions within the presidency had targeted him due to his political affiliations and past role as an aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan. He accused the government of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of using the EFCC as a tool to exact political retribution.

He said, “I was never convicted of corruption. I was discharged from all 34 charges of corruption. I was discharged completely.

“What I was convicted of was money laundering which is not corruption. I was being funded under the directive of Mr President by the NSA.

“My trial was politically motivated. My arrest and prosecution by the EFCC was malicious. It was not even a prosecution but persecution.

“For you to convict someone of money laundering, there must be concealment but I have never concealed anything.

“Secondly, there must be a direct benefit to the person who collected the money but there was no direct benefit to me and I was able to prove that in the court.

“Some people inno the presidency wanted to punish me”.

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