Segun Sowunmi, former spokesman of the Atiku Campaign Organisation, has won the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun state in a parallel election.
The governorship primaries of the party are taking place today across the country.
The parallel election was held at the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Abeokuta, the state capital.
The election was also monitored by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and members of the Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC).
Sowunmi polled 554 votes to defeat his closest rival, Jimi Lawal, who scored 30 votes, while Ladi Adebutu polled 15 votes.
Abayomi Daniel, chairman of the electoral committee, announced Sowunmi the winner of the election after the votes were counted.
According to Daniel, a total number of 778 delegates were accredited, 702 votes were ratified 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 Segun Sowunmi as the winner of the election having polled the highest number of votes and he is hereby returned and elected,” Daniel said.
Sowunmi, in his acceptance speech, commended members of the party for their support and promised not to let them down.
Sowunmi 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,” Showunmi said.
“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.”