Former presidential spokesperson Doyin Okupe on Friday said he is the vice presidential candidate of the Labour party.
He made the announcement on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
If his candidacy holds, he will run alongside Peter Obi in the 2023 presidential elections.
The deadline ends today.
It was learnt that the Labour Party may have submitted Okupe’s name to INEC as an interim measure to beat the deadline pending when the party reached a decision on who to pair with Obi.
The new Electoral Act provides that parties could substitute candidates for an election in the event of death or withdrawal of such candidates from the race.
Section 33 of the Electoral Act 2022 reads: “A political party shall not be allowed to change or substitute its candidate whose name has been submitted under section 29 of this Act, except in the case of death or withdrawal by the candidate:
“Provided that in the case of such withdrawal or death of a candidate, the political party affected shall, within 14 days of the occurrence of the event, hold a fresh primary election to produce and submit a fresh candidate to the Commission for the election concerned.”