The minority leader in the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, has urged the Peoples Democratic Party’s Deputy National Chairman (South), Amb. Taofeek Arapaja, to take immediate steps to reunite party members, particularly in the South West, in order to reposition the party to take over power in 2023.
Elumelu made the appeal at a special inauguration dinner organised in Arapaja’s honour in Abuja.
The Minority Leader expressly requested Arapaja to use his office to ehance inclusiveness in the South-West and reconcile aggrieved members ahead of Osun and Ekiti governorship elections.
The federal lawmaker said, “Come 2023, we want to see the Southwest takeover by PDP. How are we going to get that done? It is for you (Arapaja) to take an urgent step towards uniting the Southern PDP”.
“It is a good assignment and it will be rigorous, but God that gave you this position knows that you have all that it takes to accomplish it”.
“Any time you call us, we’ll be there to see that unity that is required from Southern Nigeria is attained during your leadership”.
Arapaja was also advised by the minority leader to make sure that popular candidates who are actually adored by the people of the states run for the state elections.
For the PDP to win in 2023, such measures must be expanded to all Southern state chapters of the party as well as across the country, he urged.
In his remarks, Arapaja promised the gathering that the new PDP administration would be selfless and meticulous in selecting flag-bearers who can win all elections, including those in Osun and Ekiti states in 2022 and the national elections in 2023.
He said, “The power at the centre belongs to us. Nigerians are looking up to us as credible alternatives to the All Progressives Congress (APC). We have started the journey to the villa on a good note, and I beseech each and every one of us to be more dedicated to this cause of winning back Nigeria for the betterment of Nigerians. This is a task that is worthy of a pledge from us all”.
He stated that his leadership in Southern Nigeria would always adhere to a tripod policy in order to sustain the party’s stability and progress.
Arapaja further said, “The most important thing to me is winning in our elections; not just being there as a figurehead officer.“To this end, I shall dispense all weapons at my disposal to justify the confidence reposed in me”.
The convener of the New Nigeria Group, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, who also spoke at the event, praised Arapaja as a capable man that would work for the party’s success.