Ogun stakeholders want PDP to select best candidate for 2023 gubernatorial election
Over six political parties representing the Inter-party Advisory Council of Nigeria, yesterday, converge on Abeokuta the Ogun State capital to urge Mr Segun Showunmi, who was the spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation in the 2019 election, to join the 2023 governorship race.
The parties along with other critical stakeholders also enjoined the Ogun chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to consider choosing, Showunmi as its governorship candidate, who according to them stand the best chance of ousting the incumbent governor, Mr Dapo Abiodun of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Members of IPAC, led by the State Chairman, Samson Ogunsanya, while declaring support for Sowunmi at the rally held in Abeokuta, said, they are ready to join hands with PDP to wrestle power from APC, only if the major opposition could field someone as strong and deep rooted as Showunmi Ogunsanya was flanked by the National Publicity Secretary of Labour Party (LP), Abayomi Arabambi and the Chairman of Mega Party (MP), Moshood Adesina, insisted that if the PDP must make any appreciable impact in Ogun State, Sowunmi must be adopted as its governorship candidate in 2023.
Ogunsanya described Sowunmi as a selfless politician with the capacity to deliver Ogun State from economic challenges.
He said, “As the umbrella body of the opposition parties in Ogun State, we are here to show our support for our brother, Showunmi, who is a politician with an enviable track record. We believe that he has the capacity to deliver Ogun State from backwardness the ruling APC has put the state in.
“We believe that with Sowunmi in the helms of affairs, Ogun State will witness tremendous progress, therefore, we urge all of you here to support him.”
Arabambi, advised the National leadership of PDP, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde and other stakeholders of the party to align with the governorship ambition of Showunmi.
He commended Sowunmi from rescuing the PDP from those who had hijacked the party structure and stifling the growth of the party in the State.
“We the opposition political parties members want to advise His Excellency Governor Seyi Makinde, who is the leader of this party in Southwest and the National Chairman of PDP, Senator Iyiocha Ayu, that they must look into the direction of Showunmi, who took the audacious step to rescue the party from the hands of those who had stifled its growth for too long.
“The era of recycled political racketeers, who are strictly merchants without commitment and conscience for the governed must be collectively brought to a final stop through a positive change in the Ogun PDP.
Showunmi in his response, declared his ambition to contest the 2023 governorship election in the State.
He blamed the inability of the PDP to win the governorship seat in the past elections to the infighting in the party and urged all members of the party to jettison their personal interest and work for the progress of the party.
Sowunmi said, “All our (PDP) efforts has not produced any result for some time and the main reason is the unnecessary infighting.
“All you have said concerning Segun Sowunmi to come and run for Governor, I have heard and I heard clearly. I will definitely, most definitely and extremely definitely run for the Governorship of Ogun State in 2023.
“I have spent the last 20 years or more in this political dispensation serving them, speaking for them, improving them, running for them and I have now realised that I’m the leader I have been searching for and I tell you again with every sense of responsibility that you have never seen governance at the level I intend to do it.
“The business of governance of cutting tape because of road is not what we are talking about here. Obafemi Awolowo’s vision for Yoruba nation has now come to be, improved, rewritten and expanded.”