The Labour Party Governorship candidate in Kwara state, Comrade Issa Aremu mni has faulted leaders and members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state for turning this year annual National conference of Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU) in to a platform of show of political thuggery.
Comrade Aremu disclosed this on Tuesday in a statement shortly after the National conference of IEDPU was allegedly disrupted by supporters of the two mentioned political parties.
The Labour Party candidate strongly decried what he called unacceptable conduct of leaders and supporters of both PDP and APC in turning annual conference of a 75 year old great community association like IEDPU into a platform of show of political thuggery and disruption of what certainly promised to be a successful and historic conference.
Aremu therefore called on all contestants to operate within the guidelines and rules of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) and rules of INEC to ensure free and fair and above all peaceful elections in the state.
He added that all contestants must realize that they are worthy brothers and sisters and citizens of the state adding that we must necessarily disagree but we must not be disagreeable and degenerate to violence and thuggery.
He however hailed the Present National Executive Members (NEC) Members of Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive union (IEDPU) headed by the National President- Amb Sheikh Abdulazeez Uthman and the Board of Trustees for the successful hosting of its 53rd Annual Conference.
He said IEDPU is the mother of all Unions and Associations in the Ilorin Emirate and an umbrella Union of all indigenes of Ilorin Emirate both at home and abroad.
The union has her members and executive members spread all over the five Local Government Areas in the Emirate (Asa, Ilorin East, Ilorin South, Ilorin West and Moro Local Government) Areas and has branches all over the world.
Comrade Aremu therefore commended the Emir of Ilorin, Dr Ibrahim Sulu Gambari and the past presidents of IEDPU for nurturing the union formed in 1941 to a matured and largest community association in Nigeria and Africa.
He said there was no doubt that the Union has discharged its responsibilities in the areas of fostering and promoting unity; progress and mutual understanding among the indigenes of Ilorin Emirate; promoting better understanding with other communities and Participating in socio-economic development of the community.
Comrade Aremu singled out the educational development of the union for commendation citing the establishment of the first primary school, United Model Primary School Ilorin, in 1944 and the first community school, Ilorin Grammar School (IGS) in 1967 which he said he attended, from 1972 to 1977.
If elected i. 2019, Aremu promised to partner with all community associations in the state in reversing the ugly situation of what he called “recent syndrome of out-of-school children” due to income poverty of parents and collapse of public schools,
Meanwhile the LP candidate has enjoined Christians in the state to emulate the virtues of Jesus Christ in the areas of selflessness, sacrifices, peace and justice, adding that the values are needed in the state as we approach 2019 elections.
He called on all Kwarans and residents to celebrate safely adding that life lacks duplicate and together alive all Kwarans can herald a new state next year.
Comrade Aremu assured all Kwarans of good political peaceful conduct and issues-(based campaigns by Labour Party, LP if elected in 2019.