Chairmanship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Oluyole ahead of the forthcoming 2024 local government election, Akeem Olatunji has said that the consistency and political relevance of the party’s Deputy National Chairman (South), Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja and the Executive Assistant on Project Monitoring to Oyo state governor, Engr. Open Salau have paved way for younger politicians in the state.
Olatunji said this on the heels of the newly bagged by the duo from the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo state Council.
The former Publicity Secretary of PDP in Oyo state disclosed this in a statement on Friday, October 20, describing the duo’s awards as meritorious and well deserved.
Recall that the Oyo state Council of NUJ under the leadership of Ademola Babalola had on Thursday bestowed Ambassador Arapaja with the NUJ Most Consistent Politician Of The Year Award while Engr Muftau Open Salawu also bagged NUJ Outstanding Community Service Award at an event commemorating its Press Week in Ibadan.
Olatunji described Arapaja and Engr Salau as reputable politicians who have made their marks and impacts in the political development of the state noting that many younger politicians still look up to them for guidance and political education.
“The recent awards bestowed upon Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja and Engr Open Salau for their consistency and relevance in the political arena serve as a testament to their unwavering commitment and invaluable contributions.
“Through steadfast dedication, the two political leaders have laid solid foundation for aspiring young politicians to follow, providing an exemplary roadmap for success in this field.
“Their abilities to navigate the complexities of politics while remaining relevant and influential are commendable while inspiring admiration and respect from both peers and aspiring individuals within the political landscape.
“With each milestone achieved, their influences expand, creating a positive ripple effect that echoes through generations.
“This well-deserved recognition should not only serve as motivation for young politicians but also highlight the need for consistency, relevance, and integrity in serving one’s community.
“Ambassador Arapaja and Engr Salau have proven themselves worthy of this honors by consistently delivering results and championing causes that truly matter.
“We’re indeed proud to have these two prominent leaders in our political family as we join their family and friend to celebrate them over their new wins, many more to come.” Olatunji said.