The attention of the Ladi Adebutu/Akinlade Campaign Organisation has been drawn to statements credited to Mr. Segun Showunmi where he allegedly accused Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu, the Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, of not campaigning for the Party’s Presidential Candidate, His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar. Ordinarily, these laughable and ludicrous claims of Mr Showunmi do not deserve any reactions, except for the expediency of setting the records straight.
The character of key players in the affairs and trajectory of Ogun PDP are well studied; whether previously or presently. Showunmi is a known backstabber and a serial cheat who should not be taken serious. Here is a man with no iota of integrity nor visible followership, who is notorious for empty vituperation and needless vilification of his political adversaries. His outbursts and innuendo remained self-style attack strategy. It is glaring the hypocrite is on another preposterous attention-seeking mission.
We challenge Mr Showunmi to show us his followers. The Peoples Democratic Party, Ogun State Chapter is not crisis-ridden as he mischievously strives to project. The Party is intact and peaceful. We won’t allow a man beclouded by selfish motives to draw us back.
If Mr. Showunmi has any problem with the PDP, let him as an educated person endeavour to resolve it with the Party leadership in an appropriate and civil manner. We won’t allow him to drag us to retroggression! Enough is enough!
Regardless of the self-defeatist shenanigans of Showunmi, our candidate, Hon. (Dr) Oladipupo Adebutu, will continue to lead the campaign for our Presidential Candidate, HE Atiku Abubakar and all other PDP candidates across the length and breadth of the State.
Showunmi should come out plain that he is broke after squandering the money he made in this same business during the last Local Government elections in Ogun State with his cohorts who have now left for the drowning ruling party. Perhaps he was commissioned to finish their bid, causing commotion and confusion but he should tell his cohorts that PDP is stronger and more vibrant than that and the people of Ogun State are wiser to know his antics.
Finally, it should also be reiterated that Showunmi is just displaying what can be regarded as “folly” by saying he is expecting a Supreme Court judgment against the candidacy of the Party. This same folly was exhibited when the appeal court ruled on this same matter that he went to the media claiming he won at the appeal and his was confirmed as the party’s candidate. But now, the truth has prevailed and the question Showunmi should answer is: why did he approach the Supreme Court on the same matter if truly he won at the Appeal Court as he claimed?
It should be well stated that truly Showunmi was a gubernatorial aspirant because he obtained the nomination form and was screened but he did not participate in the party’s primaries; he was absent at the approved venue for the primary election.
By this, according to the Electoral Act 2022, Showunmi has no locus to challenge the primary that produced Hon. Adebutu. In addition, the Executive members of the party which he filed the suit against were not involved in primary election processes. Therefore, he has no case against Hon. Adebutu as he keeps lying to the public.
We appeal to the knowledgeable and discerning good people of Ogun State to remain focused and not be distracted with the folly but rather focus on how to vote out the ruling APC on 25th February and 11th March, 2023.
Director of Media, Ladi Adebutu/Akinlade Campaign Organisation.