Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has warned those destroying political opponents’ campaign posters, billboards, and other campaign materials in the state to stop or face the wrath of the law.
The Governor stated that such behavior would not be tolerated, even from supporters of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, or opposition political parties, because he believes in ensuring a level playing field for all.
Terver Akase, the Governor’s Special Adviser Media and Publicity, stated in a statement issued in Makurdi that democracy guarantees freedom for everyone to campaign without harassment or molestation.
He emphasized that no individual or group has the right to take down opponents’ campaign materials for any reason, and vowed that such behavior would not be tolerated in the state.
The Governor said, “as a government we will not allow anyone destroy the campaign posters, billboards and other campaign materials of political opponents in Benue state. We will not tolerate it because the law frowns at it.
“We are therefore warning anyone insovled in such to desist or be prepared to face the law if caught, because we will not condone such from anyone.”
He did, however, advise political parties, candidates, and supporters to always ensure that their posters and billboards were mounted in approved locations and to refrain from defacing Makurdi and other towns in the state through indiscriminate campaign material placement.
Governor Ortom advised anyone planning to erect a billboard in the state to first seek approval from the appropriate government agencies.
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