By Seyifunmi Odunuga
The new South West Zonal Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja, has declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) deprived itself by neglecting the local government election in Oyo State.
The former Deputy Governor of Oyo State, disclosed this while addressing journalists shortly after casting his vote at the local government election which took place on Saturday.
Arapaja, who spoke in Ibadan, maintained that it was the APC that dribbled itself and shot a goal on its goalpost.
He, however, described the election as ‘very credible and perfect’.
He added that there has never been an election as peaceful, as this in the history of Oyo state.
Arapaja said, “It is like shooting yourself in the legs. When you are claiming you are smart. You start dribbling yourself. You dribble yourself and you scored, and you scored in your goalpost.
“As you can see, people are so happy with the way the election is going smoothly. The policy of the Executive Governor of the state, Engr. Seyi Makinde is people-friendly.
“And we chose the chairmen, the candidates of our choice to be at the local government level, the councillors will be there and all the policies of the state government will be disseminated to the grassroots and everybody will be accessible to the dividends of democracy.”
Arapaja described the decision of APC to boycott the council poll as a welcome development.
He said, “It is like shooting themselves in the leg because when you think you are too smart, you will start dribbling, eventually you dribble yourself until you score against yourself .”
According to him, the absence of the APC in the election is good for the PDP after sidelining themselves and making the whole election free and a hundred per cent victory for PDP. Arapaja said.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) has suspended the election in the Ido local government of the state over the missing of the Zenith Labor Party (ZLP) logo on the ballot box.