There was an abundant confusion among the members and leaders of the People’s Democratic Party as two factions went ahead and produced two Governorship Candidates ahead of the 2023 election in the state .
While a faction loyal to the former spokesman for the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation in 2019 presidential election , Segun Showunmi held his primary at the NUJ Secretariat,Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta and was declared winner , the other faction loyal to former member of House of Representatives, Ladi Adebutu was declared winner at his primary held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta .
The result of the emergence of Showunmi came earlier after he allegedly polled 554 votes to defeat his closest rival, Lawal who scored 30 votes, while Adebutu polled 15 votes.
There were three Governorship aspirants battling for the PDP ticket.in the state ; Adebutu , Showunmi and an ex-banker, Jimi Lawal.
Lawal left the venue of the primary after gun shots rented the air for hours following the disagreement over delegate list to be adopted .
It further gathered that after a long wait, Adebutu was declared winner with 714 votes out of the 715 accredited voters and one vote was recorded void. Other aspirants had no votes.
In his remarks after victory , Adebutu promised to hold the ticket in trust for other contenders and called for support from stakeholders in ensuring the party defeats APC in the next Governorship election
Earlier, the chairman of the electoral committee that conducted the primary for Showunmi emergence, Abayomi Daniel said a total number of 778 delegates were accredited, 702 votes were casted while three votes were voided.
“By the power conferred on me by the national leadership of our great party as the chairman electoral committee of the PDP governorship primary election in Ogun State declared Hon. Segun Sowunmi as the winner of the election having polled the highest number of votes and he is hereby returned and elected”, Daniel said.
Showunmi in his acceptance speech, commended members of the party for their support and promised not to let them down.
Showunmi called on other aspirants to work together with him to secure victory for the party in the 2023 general elections.
He said, “I humbly accept the nomination as candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for Ogun State.
“I thank all the delegates, I thank all relevant authorities and the security for their efforts.
“I am particularly impressed by the orderly manner of the primaries.
” I wish to extend an olive branch of peace and camaraderie to my brothers fellow aspirants.
“It is the beginning ot a new dawn in the PDP and a sure step towards a defining moment in our beloved Ogun State.”
Source: Platform Times