Vandalism of billboards: Put your house in order – Edo Govt advises LP candidate

Vandalism of billboards: Put your house in order – Edo Govt advises LP candidate

The Edo State Government on Friday advised Barrister Olumide Akpata, the Labour Party candidate for the September 21, 2024, governorship election, to address the internal crisis rocking the party rather than accuse it of vandalism of his campaign billboards in the state.

DAILY POST reports that the State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Osa Nehikhare, advised while reacting to the allegations made by the Labour Party governorship candidate at a press conference in Benin City.

The Labour Party governorship candidate, Olumide Akpata, at the press conference on Friday, June 7, 2024, accused the Edo State Government of allegedly sponsoring its agents to destroy his campaign billboards across the state.

DAILY POST recalls that the Labour Party in the state had been polarised into Barrister Julius Abure, the National Chairman of the party and Barrister Olumide Akpata, the governorship candidate factions.

While Olumide is backing the Kelly Ogbaloi-led dissolved state executives, Julius Abure, on the other hand, is backing the newly inaugurated 17-man caretaker committee headed by Elizabeth Ativie, the former Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly.

Nehikhare, in a statement made available to newsmen, encouraged the Labour Party governorship candidate to prioritise addressing the internal challenges within his party and work towards fostering unity and stability in the party.

He also advised the governorship candidate that they should all strive to promote a peaceful and inclusive electoral process for the benefit of all citizens.

The commissioner, who condemned any form of vandalism in the state, however, urged all parties involved in the act to address such issues through proper channels.

“We acknowledge the concerns raised by Mr Olumide Akpata regarding the removal of his campaign billboard. While we understand Mr Akpata’s frustration, we encourage him to engage with the relevant agencies responsible for the management of signage to settle any outstanding bills or disputes.

“Threats of violence or disobedience have no place in our democratic process, and all parties should conduct themselves with decorum and respect for the law.

“It is essential that we focus on constructive dialogue and peaceful engagement rather than resorting to tactics that may incite division or unrest.

“The government remains committed to upholding the rule of law and will address any disruptive behaviour, regardless of one’s status or affiliation,” he said.

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