Billboards destruction: PDP
By David Odama.
Major opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nasarawa State Friday accused the ruling APC government in Nasarawa State of Ii to druming songs of war which if not cautioned would not only be a threat to the forthcoming elections but truncate democratic process in the state.
This is coming at the heels of the current destruction of its billboards by those they described as agents of APC led givernment in the State.
A statement issued by the Party’s publicity Secretary, Mohammed Hamza and made a ailable to newsmen in Lafia, condenmed the destruction of billboards, posters and other campaign materials of PDP candidates in Lafia, the state capital.
The party spokesman said the act of the ruling APC allegedly executed by agents of government officials including those from the Nasarawa Urban Development Board and state owned security vigilante, (NAYES) guarded in collaboration with heavily armed Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence personnel was a clear demonstration of manipulation of powers.
While, describing the action of the APC government as a show of shame in the twenty first century politics, the opposition PDP maintained that attacking it’s candidates was an indication of defeat of the APC led governmentto and it’s inability to provide for the people three and half years in the saddle of the State.
“We wonder why the government sought to enforce any law by making its agents to pull down only PDP billboards for presidential, governorship, national and state assembly candidates including those hung by registered advertisers on light poles as well as those within the premises of the state party secretariat ”
According to the statement, it is an attempt to incite crises. “Imagine if the party supporters resisted this unwarranted aggression.”
The party which assured its members, supporters and the public that it’s leadership is doing “everything within the law to seek a stop to these unwarranted action of the APC government and obtain justice for all PDP candidates”. The statement concluded.
Meanwhile, the PDP said “it is curious to note that the billboards and posters of APC presidential, governorship, national and state assembly are left standing while more are being erected. ”
Hamza said the PDP in the state has no option other than to call on relevant security agencies to take measures against this rash acts of thuggery championed by enemies of progress and democracy, which is capable of snowballing into mayhem.
“The PDP therefore chooses to use this medium to call on its teeming supporters to remain calm and conduct themselves peacefully and avoid acts that could breach the peace before, during and after the general elections.”
The statement further urged its supporters to remain vigilant at all times and be guided in accordance with the party code of behaviour and conduct especially, at the time, the party is set to reclaim it’s stolen mandate and bring back the state’s days of glory to the people.