By Demola Akinyemi
Ilorin -The Peoples Democratic Party in Kwara State has directed all party members in the state to â€œarrestâ€ anybody found pasting any poster of aspirants on the streets in any part of the state ahead of the time the party leader-ship will decide on the contestants for various political offices in the 2011 elections.
The party chairman, Alhaji Yusuf Ayedun gave the order, yesterday, at a press briefing in Ilorin.
Ayedun explained that the primary concern of the party now is to ensure that the party is fully on the ground across the state in case of any election and not give room for any distraction.
His words: â€œAll the by- elections that we contested were all won by the party. This is the product of our efforts to consolidate on our success.
â€œThis is not the time to discuss any governorship issue.Â We have a tradition in Kwara which is obvious to everybody. When the time comes, the party leadership will decide, so the party doesnâ€™t have any candidate for now and we are not grooming one.
â€œThe party leaders have gone round the state to tell our members to arrest anybody seen pasting posters of any aspirant because we know it is being done deliberately to cause problem in the party.â€
Ayedun noted that the serving Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, who was said to have asked his supporters to paste his governorship ambition posters in Ilorin, was not querried by the party.
He said that the party has investigated it and found that he had no hand in it.
According to him, â€œthe commissioner himself had written the party and even copy the SSS and the Police over the posters that were pasted on his behalf. He distanced himself from the posters, that it is the handiwork of his detractors. We have investigated it and discovered that he had no hands in the posters so we have to take stringent action to discourage such develop-ment in the party.
So he couldnâ€™t have been queried on what he knew nothing about,â€ explained the party chairman. He also pleaded with journalists for understanding what he described as the peculiarities of the politics in the state and not publish stories that could cause crisis in the state.
â€œWe beg you journalists to please co-operate with us and allow peace to continue to reigns in the state,â€ he stressed.