A former deputy governor of Oyo State, Taofeek Arapaja, has defeated former Osun State governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, to become the deputy national chairman (South) of the People Democratic Party (PDP). Arapaja, scored 2,004 votes while Oyinlola polled 705 votes at the party’s national convention held on Saturday at the Eagles Square, Abuja.
Before the convention started on Saturday, Oyinlola had refused to step down for Arapaja, who was being supported by the Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, secretary of the convention planning committee. Arapaja was the national vice chairman (southwest) of the PDP before wining the new position and Oyinlola was also former Secretary of the party.
The stakeholders, especially the party’s governors, have adopted Arapaja as consensus candidate for the position but Oyinlola resisted the it and refused to step down for his opponent.