The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Nureni Adeniran, has expressed optimism that Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja would exhibit the true omoluabi ethos, as a genuine Ibadan man, in his new position as Deputy National Chairman (South) of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).
Adeniran, who was one of the national delegates to the party’s convention in Abuja, expressed the optimism when he paid a congratulatory visit to Arapaja at his Ibadan residence, on Thursday.
While congratulating the new Deputy National Chairman (South), the SUBEB boss, who was accompanied by a full-time member of the Board, Hon. Akeem Oladeji, and some political associates, wished Arapaja a successful tenure in office.
“Your victory at our party’s national convention, indicates clearly the confidence that the entire party delegates repose in Governor Seyi Makinde’s leadership. We are optimistic that you will make Oyo State proud and we thank God for your emergence,” he said.
Commending Makinde’s efforts at ensuring Oyo State gets such a plum position in the party, he prayed God to give him the wherewithal to lead Oyo State and the party right.
He lauded the governor for his role in the growth and development of the party, urging the new National Deputy Chairman to play his role as a leader and strengthen the support base for PDP and its organs.
“We are assured that Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja will deploy his wealth of experience, strengthened by the democratic tenets and principles of our great party, in his new mandate of leading the party as its National Deputy Chairman(South).
“We congratulate you and urge you to use this new position to further the advancement of our party and develop our nation,” Adeniran added.
Responding, Arapaja expressed his profound gratitude to God, Makinde and all the delegates for their support.
He vowed to do everything within his capacity to ensure the party becomes stronger, with the view that the party emerges victorious in the 2023 general election.
“There was no victor, there was no vanquish. The contest was a family affair and we all had the same focus to rescue Nigeria from the claws of suppression to which the present government has subjected the nation.
“I admonish all of us to join hands together in this rescue mission we are set to embark on,” Arapaja said.