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Southwest PDP Adopts Arapaja As Consensus Candidate For Deputy Nat’l Chair
The Southwest zonal executive of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has adopted Taofeek Arapaja as its consensus candidate for the position of Deputy National Chairman (South) of the party in the forthcoming national convention.
The decision was conveyed in a communique by the Zonal Publicity Secretary Chief Sanya Atofarati on Wednesday.
Atofarati said that PDP zonal executive also adopted the nominations of Debo Ologunagba as National Publicity Secretary and Setonji Koshoedo as Deputy National Secretary.
The communique reads: “The South-West ZEC of PDP met today, deliberated on critical issues bothering on development and cohesion in the party.
“We acknowledged that three National Working Committee positions were zoned to the West and duly micro zoned by the Zonal Caucus among the three blocks constituting the zone i e; Lagos and Ogun; Oyo and Osun; and Ondo and Ekiti.
“After a cursory deliberation on the capacity and credibility of aspirants jostling for the position of National Deputy Chairman, the ZEC accepted the nomination, resolved and unanimously adopted Taofeek Arapaja as consensus candidate of the zone for the aforementioned NDC position.
“In line with the decision of our leaders in Lagos and Ondo states, the ZEC also adopted the nominations of Barrister Debo Ologunagba as National Publicity Secretary and Arc. Setonji Koshoedo as Deputy National Secretary.
“The ZEC commended the leadership of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, for his God-given wisdom which he has conspicuously deployed in steering the ship of the party in quest to return the party to its winning streak.”
The decision sealed the fate of the candidacy of a former Osun Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
He was the first candidate to signify interest but was opposed by leaders across the South over claims that he is too close to former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former military President Ibrahim Babangida to be independent.