- Former governor of Osun state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has congratulated Taofeek Arapaja over his victory at the PDP national convention
- Arapaja defeated Oyinlola on Saturday, October 30, after the party leadership failed to persuade the ex-governor to step down
- Oyinlola, however, said on Sunday, October 31, that he had sent a congratulatory message to Arapaja
FCT, Abuja - Hours after he suffered a huge defeat at the just concluded national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a former governor of Osun state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has conceded defeat.
The Nation reports that Oyinlola lost the post of deputy national chairmanship (South) to a former deputy governor of Oyo state, Taofeek Arapaja.
Legit.ng gathered that the ex-governor has congratulated the newly elected executives of the main opposition party in the country.
Oyinlola, in a statement on Sunday, October 31, disclosed that he had sent a private message to Arapaja congratulating him on his victory and wishing him a successful tenure which he (Arapaja) acknowledged.
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He described the success of the national convention of the party as a good omen for Nigeria and Nigerians, saying he has confidence that the party is in very good hands.
“I thank the founding fathers, all party leaders and supporters across the country for the strength of their support for me and their love which they radiated around me throughout the contest.
“I laud my colleagues in the PDP Governors Forum for holding the forte of the party. I will continue to play my roles as a leader.”
Arapaja floors Oyinlola to emerge party's deputy national chairman
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Osun state chapter of the PDP on Saturday, October 30, lost out at the national convention of the party held at the Eagles Square, Abuja.
It was reported that Arapaja defeated Oyinlola, the sole candidate from Osun state to become the deputy national chairman (south) of the party.
Arapaja, an ally of Governor Seyi Makinde, garnered 2,004 votes to defeat his only opponent, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, who polled 705 votes.
It was gathered that there was wild jubilation at the Eagle Square venue of the PDP Convention in the early hours of Sunday, October 31, when the result of the election was announced.
The result of the election was announced by the electoral officers at 3:32 am after about two hours of sorting and counting. Oyinlola had been tipped to win the keenly contested election. He was the party’s national secretary.
Top three losers at PDP national convention in Abuja
Only three out of the 21 national working committee (NWC) positions were contested, while consensus candidates were adopted for the remaining positions.
For the position of the deputy national chairman (north), Umar Damagum, former governorship candidate of Yobe state, polled 2,222 votes to beat Inna Ciroma, former minister of women affairs from Borno state, who garnered 365 votes.