A former deputy governor of Oyo State, Amb. Taofeek Arapaja, has emerged as the National Vice Chairman (South West)) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The South West congress of the party was held in Osogbo, the Osun state capital, on Monday.
Arapaja, who had the backing of OyonState Governor, Seyi Makinde contested against the immediate past zonal chairman of the party, Eddy Olafeso, who was supported by Ayo Fayose, former governor of Ekiti State.
Makinde and Fayose had been at loggerheads over the control of the party in the South West zone, but in a move that seemed to point to an amicable resolution, they made peace in Osogbo on Monday, with the former Ekiti State Governor stating that he would accept the outcome of the election.
After the conclusion of voting, Arapaja scored 343 votes to emerge the winner of the contest, while Olafeso secured 330 votes.
Benson Abounu, deputy governor of Benue State who represented his principal, Samuel Ortom, as chairman of the electoral panel, announced the result of the election.
Abounu commended the delegates and the candidates for the conduct of the election, and also appreciated the stakeholders for ensuring a free and fair process.
Speaking after he was declared winner, Arapaja said he would work with Olafeso to move the party forward.
“We thank Governor Seyi Makinde and Mr Ayo Fayose. PDP is our party. We will work together to move the party forward.
“We want to reposition the party and I will work with my brother, Olafeso, to achieve our aims,” he said.
On his part, Olafeso also gave the assurance that he would cooperate with Arapaja.
“The storm is over. We have to thank God Almighty that despite odds, there is a new beginning for our party. The time is now. I thank everybody who supported me,” Olafeso said.