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South-West PDP Congress: Arapaja, Olafeso give reasons they will win chairmanship contest

Candidates for the zonal Chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South West, Taofeek Arapaja, and Eddy Olafeso have both expressed assurance of victory.

While Arapaja hinged his optimism on support from the people, Olafeso banked his victory on his track record of performance in the last four years.

The two were however united in their belief that God was on their side to guarantee their victory.

They also expressed confidence in the electoral process which they described as fair.

In expressing optimism, Arapaja said, “The God of yesterday, the day before yesterday is the God of today. It will happen again and we will win Insha Allah. I am optimistic because we have our people and democracy is a game of numbers. We have our people and we are going to win.

“The process is okay, it has been thorough, straightforward, there will not be any hanky panky. On his mission, Arapaja said his major task was to unite all the factions of the party spread across all states of the South-West.

Arapaja added: “My first priority is that all the chapters of the PDP in the South-West are sharply divided so we have to bring ourselves together. We have to be one big together. If we don’t work together, we can’t achieve anything.

“In 2003, we were controlling five states; today, we have only one state. There are so many factions of PDP which we need to bring together. So, we must speak with one voice. It’s not about being the Chairman of the party but what I’m able to achieve.

If the result turns the other way, I’m telling you that one with God will never fail. I am positive, we are going to win.”
Eddy Olafeso, on his part, said: “So far, so good, we started from a storm where the entire city was invaded but along the line, the security operatives have done their bit to keep this place calm and we appreciate this because the most significant thing we must recognise is that this is a family affair. “This is PDP and competing with one another is one of the cornerstones of democracy. It shouldn’t be an issue for us to vote for and for others to participate. I am excited that this is happening and I pray that as it is starting very well, it will end very well too.

“Our thinking is that our constitution does not recognise people stamping their ballot papers.

“Democracy is a free choice and nobody should be induced in making a choice. I am excited this is happening because I have a track record of performance. I have done this in the last four years and have a lot of things to shoe for it across the zone and if given the opportunity, we will do better in the next four years.

“I am totally confident. All power belongs to God, whatever you will become, it’s God’s own doing. I’m excited and know I will win. Everything tells me that I am going to win.”

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