“PDP Leader Segun Sowunmi Exudes Confidence in Overcoming Bukola Saraki in Potential National Chairmanship Battle, Vowing to Outshine Him”
Segun Sowunmi, a prominent figure within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has expressed unwavering confidence in his ability to secure victory should he go head-to-head with former Senate President Bukola Saraki for the coveted role of National Chairman of the party. Speaking during a live appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Sowunmi boldly stated, “I’ll beat him,” when questioned about his prospects against Saraki, who is also being considered for the same position. Sowunmi, who previously aspired to the governorship of Ogun State, emphasized his commitment to confronting Saraki over his actions during the destabilizing period of 2014/2015 and asserted his resolute belief in triumphing over his rival.
In his stance against Saraki’s potential leadership, Sowunmi raised concerns about regional representation, highlighting that if Saraki, a native of Kwara State in the North Central geopolitical zone, were to assume the role of National Chairman, it would result in yet another chairman hailing from that region. Sowunmi argued that this would be inequitable for the South-West region. He underscored the importance of balance and inclusivity, emphasizing the contributions of various regions within the party’s history. Sowunmi asserted, “If North Central thinks that it is their inalienable right to be chairman all the time, then those of us in the South-West can tell them, ‘No, we don’t agree.'”
Furthermore, Sowunmi prioritized the stability of the party above all else, cautioning against a continuous cycle of leadership changes. He urged for measured and thoughtful decision-making, noting past instances where the party replaced one leader with another, leading to a lack of continuity and consistent direction. Sowunmi dismissed the notion of constantly seeking new leadership without valuing the stability that an established leader could provide.
When queried about the support of the party’s 2023 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, Sowunmi conveyed that Atiku was not one to disrupt the party’s harmony and structure. He also acknowledged the growing enthusiasm around his own candidacy, particularly among young party members. Sowunmi concluded by reaffirming his dedication to the PDP’s unity and prosperity, pledging to engage in a competitive but respectful contest for the role of National Chairman.