Ebonyi APGA guber candidate decries attacks on campaign billboards
By Charles Onyekwere, ABAKALIKI
Ebonyi State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA) Prof. Benard Odoh has condemned the attack and destruction of his campaign billboards across the state.
In a statement issued in Abakaliki, Odoh accused agents and thugs of the state government of being responsible for the act.
He explained: “the genesis of the mindless attacks on our billboards which occurred last night, Sunday, August 21, 2022 (because we saw it still hanging hours after the professional handlers, Rocana Nigeria Ltd had hung them) was that the State government, obviously jittery of the momentum gained by our consultative engagements in the State so far pasted a ‘Remove Ads’, notices on them”.
“The “Remove Ads” was as a result of our advertising handler’s refusal to surrender the billboards which we had already paid for to the APC Candidate who had earlier requested for them at all cost. ROCANA are not in any way and form owing to the state government.
“As law-abiding citizens who understand the place of professional engagements in matters such as this, it was only incumbent that we reach out and inform the advertising agency- Rocana, which has professionally operated in the state and the entire southeast in the last few decades about the “remove ads” notices placed by the Ebonyi State Government on the billboards with its official seal. They promised to reach the state government and get back to us as soon as practicable”.
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“Some hours after, we discovered that the billboards have already been torn and removed forcefully, suspected by desperate agents of the state government.
“Some of the billboards are still hanging, facing downwards and there has been no explanation offered by the professional advertising agent- Rocana who has maintained that it has been paying the Ebonyi State Government its taxes, dues and other rates as and when due”.
“This to us is an act of cowardice by Governor Umahi and his army of political bandits. To prove our fears and suspicion right about the ill-intentions of these dastard and coward actors, we discovered that other places where the same Rocana had billboards of other products were not touched and neither was the same “remove ads” notices placed on them”.
The APGA Guber Candidate, therefore, called on the State government and security authorities to begin an investigation on the matter to avoid reoccurrence in future.