The Oasis Reporters
April 15, 2021
Many political watchers in Oyo state would say that Taofeek Arapaja was not an easily noticeable politician even when he flashes his trademark winning smile and easy disposition as he climbed the political ladder to the top, coming from the sidelines.
His break came when Chief Adedibu the late strongman of Ibadan politics fell out with then governor Rasidi Ladoja.
Ex Governor Ladoja was then impeached following the machinations of Chief Adedibu, the exponent of Amala politics. Although Ladoja went to court and got his impeachment quashed, his former deputy, Christopher Alao Akala acted during the travails of his principal and eventually became the major beneficiary, who soon needed a deputy governor himself.
Arapaja, the man with the easy and winning smile came into the picture.
Deputy governor Taofeek Arapaja climbed, when Christopher Alao Akala left office and started the battle to ward off the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and began their prying of the books of Oyo state government accounts. For this reason, Akala moved from the PDP to other parties in search of not only protection, but relevance.
Meanwhile Arapaja stayed put loyally in the People’s Democratic Party, PDP and got named as an Ambassadorial nominee from Oyo state, thereby beefing up his résumé.
After his tour of duty, his wings have flapped and in the tussle to control the PDP South West zone between two political titans, Governor Seyi Makinde who backed him, while ex governor Ayo Fayose backed Arapaja’s main challenger, Eddy Olafeso.
But see when the two titans locked handshakes in greeting as they smiled for the cameras. While Fayose was staring at Makinde’s face cap emblazoned on it, was Arapaja’s image and name. Fayose was not wearing any memento adorning anything in the image or name of Eddy Olafeso.
And Arapaja won, becoming the PDP South West Leader, supported by the generality of the party members and all stalwarts. The former deputy governor is going places, certainly. He has luck at all busstops.
Written by Greg Abolo.