Mr. Taofeek Arapaja must be in euphoria of victory after he convincingly defeated his only and main rival for the leadership of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the southwest region.
All tension must be laid to rest now as the PDP regional congress was a success and all accusations and counter accusations will be stopped a bit. The election was conducted yesterday though voting started late with Ekiti State delegates. Eventually, Mr. Arapaja, a former ambassador to Jordan emerged victorious.
Taofeek Arapaja polled 343 votes to beat Eddy Olafeso, who had 330 votes to come second and last. The results have been announced and reported by the Punch Newspaper.
Since inception, Seyi Makinde has said that Taofeek Arapaja would become the PDP national vice chairman for the southwest and he didn't back out of the plan as he threw his heavy weight behind the candidate. There is no known law that says Makinde must back Arapaja.
To a very large extent, Ayodele Fayose intimidated Makinde. He called Makinde a "baby governor" in late December in an effort to show that Makinde was too "young" to decide for the PDP in the region. Yet Makinde didn't move an inch as he continued to support Arapaja. Hence, the new leader of the PDP in southwest should appreciate Makinde.
The second person that deserves his appreciation is Ayodele Fayose himself. Actually, Fayose belongs to the other side of the struggle. Throughout the campaign, Fayose didn't for once supported Taofeek Arapaja.
Fayose has said that Eddy Olafeso is the authentic leader and that he would be the one to lead the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the region. That doesn't mean he hates Arapaja. Every politician has their political interest. Therefore, Arapaja should thank Fayose for making him stronger and better.
Arapaja shouldn't forget Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, a PDP leader in Osun State. It's very crucial to recognise him. At least for the event to hold successfully in Osogbo, capital of Osun, leaders like Oyinlola ought to be appreciated.
Remember that Remi Oseni, Oyinlola and Arapaja rejoined the PDP in March, 2020 from the less popular African Democratic Congress (ADC). That could have been the reason it was easier for Oyinlola to identify himself with the struggle of Arapaja. So, the newly elected leader should appreciate the Osun prince.
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