An Ogun State governorship hopeful, Segun Showunmi, has said the 2023 general election as an unusual one, saying the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) must get back victory after years of defeat.
Showunmi spoke on Tuesday at a stakeholders’ meeting held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital with leaders of the PDP.
In his words, the Egba chief urged members of the PDP to be steadfast and remain committed to the success of the party, maintaining that the PDP in Ogun State is united and better positioned to win the 2023 polls.
According to him, the leaders of the party have to go back to their various wards and work for the victory of the party in the forthcoming election.
“We must be very steadfast, we must be very sincere in our approach to the next election. The 2023 election is an unusual election.
“If you don’t go back home to your polling units and beg the people, and explain to them why they should vote for us, we will have problem.
“This election is your election. You people are grassrooters who understand politics, you are the stakeholders who have been installing people. In 2023, it is time to go and install yourselves. 2023 is about you installing yourselves.
“You are the ones who are the owners of the grassroots, you are the ones who understand where the market women are, you are the ones who know where the kings, the Baales are. Please get back to work. We have tasted defeat, therefore we must work very hard to get back victory.
“We have been victorious before, with hard work, with dedication, with honesty, with transparency, with discipline, we will be victorious again.
“There is nobody that is coming to do a campaign rally even on the issues around governance that can match us. We are more than ready, we are more than able, we are more than capable to get this job done, but it is all in your hands,” Showunmi emphasised.
Saga Gist reports that the PDP leaders, drawn from different local governments in Ogun, had at the meeting declared their support for Showunmi.
In their separate remarks, Messrs Semiu Sobayo, David Bamgbola and Peter Olusegun Alawode, said “Segun Showunmi is the most qualified for the position is aspiring for,” saying “PDP is going to rule Ogun State come 2023.”
The PDP leaders posited that Ogun needed a Governor with the political experience, expressing optimism that “with the qualities possessed by Showunmi, the PDP will win the 2023 election in Ogun State.”
Showunmi had expressed confidence that the court would declare him the governorship candidate of the PDP in Ogun, withdrawing the ticket from Hon. Ladi Adebutu.