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What is Doyin Okupe’s Net Worth?
Doyin Okupe is a Nigerian physician and politician who has a net worth of $5 million. Additionally, he co-founded Royal Cross Medical Center and served as the National Publicity Secretary of the National Republican Convention (NRC).
Later, despite having previously been detained by General Sani Abacha and being disqualified from participating in UNCP primary elections, he ran for governor of Ogun State as a candidate for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Okupe worked as the Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs for President Goodluck Jonathan and the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity for President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Doyin Okupe was born on 22 March 1952 in Iperu in Ogun State of Nigeria. Okupe is a former banker of Agbonmagbe Bank and the son of Chief Matthew Adekoya Okupe.
In contrast to his brothers Kunle, Owo, Wemi, and Larry Okupe, he has sisters Aina Okanlawon and Bisola Ayeni. St. Jude’s School in Ebute Metta, Lagos, Igbobi College in Yaba, Lagos, and the University of Ibadan in Ibadan, Oyo State are the institutions he attended.
Okupe practices medicine but is also involved in party politics. He formerly served as publisher of the Life Mirror, a publication that focused on health.
In 1983, Okupe ran for the House of Representatives on the National Party of Nigeria’s ticket when the country was still under the Second Nigerian Republic’s rule (NPN). Okupe was chosen to serve as the Republican National Convention’s national publicity secretary during the Third Nigerian Republic (NRC).
He was one of the NRC representatives present when the 1993 Nigerian presidential election results were being counted at the National Electoral Commission’s offices (NEC). On October 3rd, 1996, Okupe was taken into custody by the military regime of General Sani Abacha.
He eventually became one of the politicians who were disqualified from running in the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) primaries in March 1998 as a result of Abacha’s disastrous transition strategy. At the beginning of the current Fourth Nigerian Republic, Okupe was appointed as the special assistant for media and publicity for President Olusegun Obasanjo.
In the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) primary elections for governor in Ogun State later on, in 2002, he ran as one of the candidates and was a leading rival with Gbenga Daniel. Okupe became the senior special assistant on public affairs for President Goodluck Jonathan in 2012.
The PDP’s Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan, Bukola Saraki, and Atiku Abubakar were among the Nigerian presidents and vice presidents for whom Okupe served as publicists at various points in time. In July 2017, he publicly announced his intention to resign from the PDP and join the Accord Party.
But when he consented to lead Bukola Saraki’s campaign media council for the PDP’s 2019 presidential primary elections, the Accord Party sacked him in September 2018.
Before founding the Royal Cross Medical Centre (also known as the Royal Cross Hospital) in Obalende, Lagos, with his colleagues Drs. Seyi Roberts and Ladi Okuboyejo, Okupe worked for a number of years for both public and private hospitals, most notably St. Nicholas Hospital in Lagos. At the Royal Cross Medical Center, he served as managing director (MD).
According to an interview Olusegun Osoba gave in July 2019 with The Nation (Nigeria), Okupe and Dr. Seyi Roberts reportedly saved the life of Olusegun Osoba’s gatekeeper on the evening of August 23, 1994, who had suffered a gunshot wound to the head.
Okupe is married to Aduralere Okupe. One of their children is Ditan Okupe. Ditan, Okupe’s son, supported Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general election in Nigeria, whereas Okupe supported Atiku Abubakar, the PDP candidate.
On April 23, 2020, Okupe and his wife Aduralere tested positive for COVID-19; however, they have since recovered, it was disclosed in May 2020. In January 2021, his second son, Bolu Okupe, who resides in Paris, came out as gay on his Instagram account.
Disputes And Legal Actions
In an article from August 2012, it was stated that Okupe and his companies were being looked into by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly failing to complete road construction contracts awarded to them by the states of Benue and Imo in 2004 and 2005, respectively.
Imo State ultimately reached a resolution, while the disagreement with Benue State was resolved through arbitration.
The EFCC was able to connect Okupe to the $702 million that was allegedly embezzled from the $2 billion armaments sale, also known as Dasukigate, at the National Security Adviser’s office under Colonel Sambo Dasuki’s guidance. These allegations were made in July 2016, and they allowed the EFCC to establish this connection.
Okupe was charged by the EFCC with 59 counts of suspected money laundering and financial diversion involving a total of $702 million on January 14, 2019, in front of a Federal High Court in Abuja.
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