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Dissolution of Ekiti LGs: CNPP accuses Sen Arise of planning mayhem

By Gbenga Ariyibi
ADO-EKITI—The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, in Ekiti State, has raised an alarm that a member of National Assembly, Senator Ayo Arise, has allegedly concluded plans to cause crisis in the state by importing hoodlums into the local governments over the recent dissolution of local governments by the state government.

But Senator Arise has dismissed the allegation, saying “there is a deliberate attempt by some people to smear my character simply because we did not allow ourselves to be bought over and I know they will fail.”

The CNPP equally urged the Senate President, Senator David Mark to call Senator Ayo Arise to order, over his plan to raise a motion in the senate on the council’s dissolution this week.

According to a statement by CNPP Chairman and Secretary, Prince Tunji Ogunlola and Pastor Victor Akinola respectively, yesterday  described the dissolution of the local governments by the government as in order that had gained the blessing of virtually all the registered political parties in the state.

According to the CNPP “the dissolution became necessary following the series of litigations refraining the immediate past administration from conducting local government elections in the state. The conduct of the election was enmeshed in crisis with the opposition members in the state house of assembly contesting the composition of the members of the Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission, (SIEC)”

The group urged Senator Arise to allow peace reign in the State,  adding that it had received a report on the move by the Senator to raise an objection  on the floor of the Senate this week and import some hoodlums to unleash terror on the residents as from today.

It noted that the former commissioner for finance under the expired Segun Oni regime, Tunji Adeniyi, while resigning his appointment shortly before they were booted out, described Arise as a war-monger Senator, and alleged a threat to the lives of members of his family.

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has called on the Senate president, Senator David Mark to call Senator Ayo Arise to order, especially on his move to raise a motion on the dissolution of Local Government Councils in Ekiti state, on the floor of the Senate this week.

The CNPP in a statement signed by its chairman and secretary, Prince Tunji Ogunlola and Pastor Victor Akinola respectively,  described the dissolution of the local governments by the government as an action which was apt and overdue.

According to the CNPP “the dissolution became necessary following the series of litigations refraining the immediate past administration from conducting local government elections in the state.

“The conduct of the election was enmeshed in crisis with the opposition members in the state house of assembly contesting the composition of the members of the Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission, (SIEC)”

Reacting to the allegation, Arise said if anybody thinks he could perpetrate illegality  and go unchallenged,  such person is living in the fool’s paradise. Nobody is in the position to gag the National Assembly .

If we see any action that is capable of derailing the democratic process, it is our duty to stop it. There is a deliberate attempt by some people to smear my character simply because we did not allow ourselves to be bought over  and I know they will fail


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