May 16, 2021

Fayose Finally Acknowledges Makinde Leader Of Southwest PDP As Arapaja Emerges Party Chairman

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There assumed power tussle between Ex-Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, and the sitting governor of Oyo State might have ended as the former has finally accepted the latter as the leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-west.

The congress was initially scheduled for Ibadan on Saturday but was eventually held in Osogbo.

Mr Makinde, as the only governor of PDP in the South-west, is seen by some members as the natural leader of the party in the zone. But Mr Fayose said a “baby governor” cannot be his leader.

Makinde is serving his first term while Mr Fayose is the only person in the zone and still in the party who served two full terms as governor on the PDP platform.

Mr Fayose had also accused Mr Makinde of backing Mrs Olujinmi to challenge his leadership of the party in Ekiti.

On the just conluded congress, Mr Fayose said the leaders had agreed at a meeting hosted by Mr Makinde in his house in Ibadan that a former Ondo State Information Commissioner, Eddy Olafeso, should take the position of National Vice Chairman (Southwest) of the PDP

But Mr Makinde is insisting that a former deputy governor of Oyo, Taofeek Arapaja, is better suited for the position.

Both Mr Arapaja and Mr Olafeso earlier today greeted themselves warmly and agreed to accept the result of the poll

At the end of voting in the ongoing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) South West Zonal Congress, a one-time deputy governor of Oyo State, Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja has emerged as the South-West Zonal Chairman.

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Arapaja who is a candidate of the Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde emerged winner by edging out his opponent, Dr. Eddy Olafeso with a total of 343 votes as against his opponents 330 votes

The votes were counted under the watchful eye of the Electoral Committee Chairman, Benson Abounu and Osita Chidoka, the Chairman of the Monitoring Committee.

From a total number of 748 registered delegates as made available by the Chairman of the South West Electoral Committee, Benson Abounu, 684 delegates were accredited and after 674 votes were cast, 10 votes were voided, leaving 674 valid votes.

In conceding defeat, Dr. Eddy Olafeso congratulated the winner and thanked all his supporters including former governor Ayodele Fayose for the love and support shown.

He acknowledged all the delegates for the peace and tranquillity experienced during the congress and assured that with Governor Seyi Makinde in Oyo, the South West will be controlled by the PDP.

Meanwhile, the winner Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja thanked all his supporters for the love and for casting their votes in his favour.

In his words, “I was moved by what the delegates did including former governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.

“He assured that with the victory achieved he was going to work with his opponent in ensuring that the PDP is repositioned to dominate the South West and the national.”

Additional reports from- Premium Times and Daily Post.

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