Former deputy governor of Oyo State, Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja, on Monday emerged the South-West Zonal Chairman Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He scored 343 votes beating the former Ondo State, Eddy Olafeso, who scored came second with 330 votes at the party’s West Zonal Congress held in Osogbo, Osun State capital.
The contest, which 748 delegates were registered, was between Arapaja and Olafeso.
The contest was between Arapaja, who was candidate of the Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, and Olafeso, backed by former Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose.
The chairman of the party’s South West Electoral Committee, Benson Abounu, and the Chairman of the Monitoring Committee, Osita Chidoka, gave the total figure of 748 registered delegates.
684 delegates were accredited and after 674 votes were cast, 10 votes were voided with 674 valid votes, according to the electoral record.
Meanwhile, the winner Ambassador Arapaja, promised to carry every party member along, expressing gratitude for their support in winning the poll.
He said: “The victory is for all is. I am going to work with everybody, including those that didn’t vote for me to reposition the PDP to dominate the South West and the entire nation.”
Also, Olafeso, who acknowledged the victory of Arapaja, congratulated him and and thanked all his supporters, especially Fayose for throwing their weight behind him.