As the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP begins the sale of nomination and expression of interest forms, a concerned group, D X Media Group has called on ace media consultant, Segun Showunmi to bring to bear his wealth of presence by running for the position of the National Publicity Secretary, NPS of the party.
The group posited that since the position has been zoned to the South, there is need for the ace media mogul to occupy that seat to officially market the party as a credible voice to speak to Nigerians.
Leader of the group and the Publisher of The Glintstone Magazine, Dare Akinniyi made the call in Lagos on Sunday.
“The only voice in the main opposition party, and indeed the conscience of the democratic ideals of the PDP must occupy the seat to rebrand the opposition”
“Since the NPS slot has been zoned to the South, it is very crucial we call on Segun Showunmi to fill the vacuum. We need a public communicator with the experience and knowledge in handling public perception in our age.”
“If truly he loves Nigeria, and he wants the people to have a new lease of life come 2023; he must occupy that seat to officially market the platform. We are in need of a voice to speak to Nigerians; none is available at the moment” he stated.
Segun Showunmi, a thorough-bred professional in politics, boasts of experience spanning a major part of the Third Republic and the entire length of the Fourth Republic.
A motivational speaker and media consultant of note, Showunmi is widely celebrated as the hope for the younger generation of Nigerians, having been decorated by Youths of Nigeria as Best Narrative Manager in the 2019 Nigerian Presidential campaigns.
He served as Spokesman for the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, His Excellency, Waziri Atiku Abubakar, a job he delivered diligently to the admiration of both his party, the PDP, and the ruling All Progressives Congress.
He had, during the Otunba Gbenga Daniel administration in Ogun State, served as Deputy Chief Press Secretary, and later Senior Special Adviser on Media.
Showunmi is a Co-Owner of Right-Dev Limited (Publishers and Media Consultants) and currently Managing Editor of The Point Global Newspaper Company Limited.
Recall that PDP has recently disclosed the commencement of the sale of forms in its revised, “Timetable and Schedule of Activities for Year 2021 National Convention,” signed by its National Organising Secretary, Austin Akobundu, on Sunday in Abuja.
Mr Akobundu said the timetable was approved by the National Working Committee (NWC) in line with the resolution of the 94th National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party that adopted the zoning formula.
According to the timetable, the sale of nomination forms and expression of interest forms for the national offices will start from Monday, 11 October to Friday, 15 October at the party’s National Secretariat, Abuja.
The timetable also slated the last day for the submission of purchased forms for Saturday, 16 October .
It stated that the forms should be submitted to the party’s Directorate of Organisation and Mobilisation (DOM), for processing and onward transmission to the screening committee.
It stated that the screening of aspirants for national offices would take place on Monday, 18 October while appeals arising from the screening of aspirants exercise would hold on Thursday, 21 October.
It added that the publication of names of all cleared aspirants has been slated for Saturday, 23 October , while the NWC meeting for the adoption of delegates’ list and publication of the same will be held Monday, 25 October.
The party advised all aspirants for various party offices at the national level to purchase their expression of interest and nomination forms at the National Secretariat.
The Chairman, National Convention Organising Committee, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa, had earlier on Saturday said the 30 October for the convention remained sacrosanct.
Mr Fintiri said “There is no reason for the date to be changed, in spite of the fact that the zoning committee just concluded their job and approved it by the National Executive Committee on Thursday.”