Ogun PDP factional gov candidate hopeful of victory

The factional governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State, Chief Segun Showunmi, on Tuesday, said there is no division in the party.

He expressed the belief that all stakeholders and members of the party would accept the verdict of the court on its authentic standard bearer ahead of the poll.

Showunmi spoke at a pre-campaign briefing with journalists in the Ikeja area of Lagos State.

He said, “I will be on the ballot in the governorship election in Ogun State, especially as a Court of Appeal in Abuja has given a consequential order dismissing the ruling of a lower court over jurisdiction to hear the suit between myself, the PDP and others.

“So, as it concerns the supposed recognition here and there, don’t worry, they will recognise everything that needs to be recognised. As you are well aware that the Court of Appeal has given us the first favourable judgment, and I trust that we will be fine.

“To be fair, I don’t think we are divided. We both accept the supremacy of our national organs. My position is that whatever it is they called their primary is a charade; it can’t hold and stand. The primary that produced me as a candidate followed all the extant laws of the country, and in due season, they will come to the point they have to be.

“We have been in the democracy for some time now, and I have become convinced that in our country the highest working arm of government is the Federal Government, and I feel that over the years we have been satisfied with criticising the Federal Government and demanding things from the Federal Government without a commensurate desire to do the same at the state level.

“If we could just pay more attention to what is going on in our state, then invariably, we will be cleaning the space from where we are standing. I expect that going forward, if I become the Governor of Ogun State, I expect that it will be a completely different paradigm and that’s why I am running on a new deal.”

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