Senator Ayo Arise has withdrawn from Ekiti North senatorial race. The senator made the announcement on Tuesday, October 2, while speaking to select journalists in his residence.
Senator Arise was running under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to represent the people of Ekiti North at the Senate before his sudden decision.
He condemned the sudden change of mode of the contest from direct to indirect primaries, pointing accusing fingers at the governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi. He alleged that Fayemi influenced the process to favour anointed candidates.
Arise, 62, was elected to represent the senatorial district in 2007 and was appointed as the chairman Senate committee on privatization.
He was also a member of other committees including local and foreign debts, water, banking, insurance and other financial institutions.
The senator was, however, thrown out of the upper chamber in July 2009 after a court upheld the verdict of the Ekiti state election petitions tribunal, which voided his election after a petition had been filed by his then opponent.
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Meanwhile, protesters on Tuesday, October 2, stormed the All Progressives Congress (APC) secretariat in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital. The protesters were condemning the last minute adoption of the indirect system for the National Assembly primaries.
NAIJ.com gathered that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party had earlier adopted direct primary for the National Assembly primaries in the state.
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