How Adedibu Loyalist, Taofik Arapaja Beats Olagunsoye Oyinlola To Emerge PDP Deputy National Chairman - DE-REPORTORIAL

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Saturday, October 30, 2021

How Adedibu Loyalist, Taofik Arapaja Beats Olagunsoye Oyinlola To Emerge PDP Deputy National Chairman


Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja, former Oyo State Deputy Governor, has been declared the Deputy National Chairman (South), of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP at the ongoing National Convention of the party in Abuja.

He won with 2,004 votes to defeat his rival, former Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola who garnered 705. In total, 3,511 voters were accredited and 165 votes voided.

He was declared winner of the poll by the chairman of the National Convention and Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri at about 4 am on Sunday, 31st of October 2021 at Eagles Square, Abuja

Arapaja, who belongs to the camp of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, won his rival, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, who was rumoured to have the backings of ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo and former military President, Ibrahim Babangida.

It’s expected that the new PDP Deputy National Chairman, Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja resigns his position as the Southwest Zonal Chairman of the party.

Alhaji Taofeek Oladejo Arapaja, means different things to different people. While some see him as an articulate man with strong political history in Oyo State. Some believed he is just a fortunate politician, as a result of his relationship with the late strongman of Oyo politics, Alhaji Lamidi Adedibu.

To some, Arapaja is a businessman, having studied Finance and Marketing at the prestigious University of Wales, United Kingdom. Some see him as a philanthropist. What many people don’t know about the former deputy governor of Oyo State, however, is his political antecedents.

Many don’t know that Arapaja was actually born into politics, and has a rich political C.V. His late father was one of the strong forces in Oyo politics back in the day. Pa Arapaja was said to have worked closely with the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the Action Group.

Apart from that, Taofeek Arapaja, having learned under the tutelage of late Adedibu, has been able to build a political structure of his own over the years. He is one of those who graduated from Molete school of politics of Baba Adedibu. It was from Adedibu that Arapaja cut his political teeth.

Arapaja is a former Chairman, Ibadan South East Local Government, where he served two consecutive terms, between 1999 and 2003. He represented Ibadan South-West/Ibadan North-West Constituency in the House of Representatives between 2003 and 2007. It was from there he became deputy governor to the former governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala.

Under former President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration, Arapaja was appointed as Nigerian Ambassador to two countries; the Kingdom of Jordan and Iraq. Taofeek Arapaja attended Lagelu Grammer School, Ibadan, Oyo State. He obtained a degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Wales.

Of course, his political journey has never been an all smooth one. He has had his fair share of bad politics, as well as wrong political moves sometimes. One of such cases is when he dumped PDP for APC in 2017 and within a few months later joined ADC, before he finally re-joined PDP in 2019.

 

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