Segun Sowunmi, a former spokesman of the Atiku Campaign Organisation, has emerged as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State.
The ex-spokesman polled 554 votes to defeat his closest rival, Jimi Lawal, who scored 30 votes, while Ladi Adebutu polled 15 votes during the primary election was held at the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Abeokuta, the state capital.
The Chairman of the electoral committee, Abayomi Daniel, who announced Sowunmi the winner of the election after the votes were counted, said a total number of 778 delegates were accredited, 702 votes were ratified while three votes were voided.
Daniel said, “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 Segun Sowunmi as the winner of the election having polled the highest number of votes and he is hereby returned and elected.”
Sowunmi’s emergence appears to be setting tone for a parallel primaries as the faction of another aspirant, Ladi Adebutu, is expected to hold primaries any moment from now.
In his victory speech, Sowunmi commended members of the party for their support and promised not to let them down. He also called on other aspirants to work together with him to secure victory for the party in the 2023 general election.
“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 of a new dawn in the PDP and a sure step towards a defining moment in our beloved Ogun state.”