Political leaders in Argungu Local Government Area of Kebbi State have decried the level of acrimony and political thuggery by party supporters in the area.
The Tide On Sunday reports that, a cross section of politicians, including the PDP Chairman Alhaji Musa Dakwaya, in Argungu. warned aspirants and their supporters to exhibit restraint in the quest for victory during the 2011 general elections. He advised politicians to shun violence and thuggery while campaigning for support, adding that guidelines for campaigns and elections required to be followed strictly.
The Sole Administrator of the Area, Alhaji Salisu Ahmed, also expressed dismay over the activities of some supporters of aspirants, saying that those who disrupted public peace would be prosecuted. He said some politicians in the area had given assurances that they would avoid violent campaigns. In a similar development, suspected political thugs in Katsina are defying the state government’s order against placement of posters on public buildings in the state.
The government had constituted a committee to ensure that no posters or bill boards were placed on roundabouts, road kerbs and electricity poles. Our correspondent investigation in Katsina metropolis and other major towns, showed that youths, especially political thugs, continued to deface some roundabouts and other public buildings with politicians’ posters. To worsen the matter, some of the posters were placed on the roads along the Government House, the wall fence of primary and secondary school buildings, in clear defiance of the order.
The investigation further showed that the posters were usually posted in the midnight, to avoid possible arrest by the police and other security agents. Efforts to contact Alhaji Bashir Gula, Chairman of the state Committee on Sanitation and Environment, which is charged with the responsibility of enforcing the order failed as he was said to have travelled out of the state.
However, a member of the committee who pleaded anonymity, said that the committee would do its best to ensure total compliance with the order.According to the member, the committee has also been mandated to ensure that posters or billboards are placed only at political party offices, candidates’ campaign offices and private residences.
“The whole idea behind the setting up of the committee is to ensure that the state capital and other towns in the state remained clean and tidy,” he said.