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Former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof. Olusola Eleka has withdrawn from the 2023 Senatorial contest. In a post on his facebook page as cited by photostory.com.ng, he notified the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party of his decision.
The statement reads in part, “Your Excellency will recall that I contested for the last governorship primary election in which I came third. As a patriotic party man who is determined to protect the interest and ethos of the party, I congratulated the winner, Otunba Bisi Kolawole who is currently the candidate of the party.
“It is expedient to note, however, that the senatorial ambition was the making of former Governor Ayodele Fayose. I received emissaries from him to contest. After much pressure from concerned stakeholders, I decided to pick up the challenge to represent the party in my senatorial district.
“To my great surprise, Mr. Ayodele Fayose who openly endorsed my candidacy for senate in my town, discretely aided another person from the same constituency to pick the same senatorial form.
The above left me with no choice but to consider his endorsement as a facade and decoy. “
Eleka further stated that having consulted widely on the foregoing with his teeming supporters across the sixteen (16) Local Governments, he decided not to dwell where there is no sincerity of purpose but an arrogant display of deception and hence, pull out from the contest.
The statement continues: “The integrity I have built over the years is beyond any ambition. I am available for further arrangements that will unite the party in the build-up to the general election, slated to hold on 18th June 2022.
” Your Excellency is hereby assured of my utmost commitment to the party at the state and beyond,” it concluded.