Ayo Arise, the senator who represented Ekiti North district between 2007 and 2011 on the platform of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) at the National Assembly, was kidnapped on Sunday, December 3.
Arise was reported to have been abducted on his way to Abuja from Akure by a very close and reliable source, The Sun reports.
The kidnappers are said to have contacted his family and demanded a ransom of N80m.
The former senator was elected to the National Senate for the Ekiti North constituency in 2007 and was appointed to committees on local and foreign debts, banking, insurance and other financial institutions.
In July 2009 a court upheld the verdict of the Ekiti state Election Petitions Tribunal, which voided his election after a petition had been filed by the Action Congress candidate, Olubunmi Adetunmbi, who alleged substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act 2006.
In 2015, he defected from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Senator Ayo Arise said those hoping to capitalise on Muhammadu Buhari’s challenges to campaign against him in 2019 would be shocked by the president.
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