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PDP Convention: How Southwest May Divide Over Deputy Chairmanship

The PDP would hold its national convention soon and top politicians are preparing for the exercise. But the southwest region of the party may divide along factional lines. The leadership of the party has zoned the deputy chairmanship to the southwest region and this may cause more division and factionalisation.

The shocking thing that has now happened is that Mr. Taofeek Arapaja, the leader of the PDP in the region, has indicated his interest in the job. That means he wants to leave his current position to take up another one at the national level.

Yes, it is good for the former deputy governor of Oyo State to contest for any office in the party, but his ambition may cause more issues within the southwest region of the party. Hence, the party may be further divided. Recall that he is the chairman of the PDP in the region, and he was elected earlier this year.

The southwest region has six states. Oyo State has taken the chairmanship of the party at the regional level. Will the same state be now allowed to produce the deputy national chairman of the party? There would definitely be some uproar.

It is worthwhile to note that the last southwest congress of the PDP caused a deep friction between Mr. Seyi Makinde and Ayodele Fayose. The two top PDP leaders struggled so much so as to gain control of the party. Mr. Fayose couldn't push his own candidate through.

Now that Mr. Taofeek Arapaja has made it known that he would love to proceed, Mr. Seyi Makinde may be left with no choice but to back the former governor of the state. As a matter of fact, Mr. Ayodele Fayose would patiently wait so as to slug it out with the Oyo caucus of the party.

The PDP is divided in southwest. There is a faction loyal to Fayose and another one is loyal to Makinde. This division could even be felt within each of the six states in the zone. As Mr. Taofeek Arapaja now joins the race for the seat, it is worthwhile to state that the southwest PDP would divide once again.

Mr. Ayodele Fayose will expect his camp to use the available opportunities to project his own faction of the party in the southwest region. Hence, the southwest region may be divided.

Source of the news: Punch Newspaper

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