Dr Adetokunbo Pearse, a chieftain of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, says the emergence of Amb. Taofeek Arapaja as the Southwest Zonal Chairman of the PDP on Monday is a victory for democratic process.
Pearse, a lecturer at the University of Lagos, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday.
He was reacting to the outcome of the just-concluded main opposition party’s Southwest delegates’ Congress in Osogbo.
Pearse, who was an observer at the congress, said that the election was conducted with transparency.
“All the candidates and stakeholders attested to its fairness,” the party chieftain said.
He said that with Arapaja as Chairman, Rahman Owokoniran as Secretary, and the other formidable officers of the party in place, Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State had lieutenants to help him deal with issues of critical importance throughout the region.
“This has to be a team effort. Politics can always borrow something from the corporate world: Arapaja can be likened to the company’s Managing Director, while Makinde is Chairman of the Board of Directors.
“A company’s main objective is to make profit, and a political party’s aim must be to win elections.
“This team must strengthen PDP structures throughout the zone in order to prepare them for electoral victory at all levels.
“Here is an opportunity to change the current trend of deepening poverty and frightening insecurity to life and property,” Pearse, a 2019 Lagos Governorship Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) said.
NAN reports that a Arapaja, a former Deputy Governor of Oyo State, edged out Dr Eddy Olafeso, the immediate past Zonal Chairman with 13 votes, to emerge as PDP Southwest Chairman.
Olafeso polled 330 votes, and Arapaja 343, while 10 votes were void at the PDP South-West delegates congress held on Monday in Osogbo. (NAN)