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PDP denies destroying APC’s billboards, posters

By Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu, Benin City
15 August 2016   |   3:43 am
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday denied the allegation that its members were behind the destruction of billboards and posters belonging to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The All Progressives Congress' governorship candidate in Edo State, Godwin Obaseki

The All Progressives Congress’ governorship candidate in Edo State, Godwin Obaseki

• Says it’s a sign of rejection by Edo People

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday denied the allegation that its members were behind the destruction of billboards and posters belonging to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Godwin Obaseki Campaign Organisation had alleged that the PDP mobilised thugs to destroy the billboards under the guise of supporting local council workers, who are protesting against the non-payment of their salaries.

The Director General of the organisation, Osarodion Ogie, explained: “Last Saturday, we found that our posters and bill boards around Sapele Road and Ikpoba Hill were destroyed by PDP the supporters.”

“Apart from that, we have it on good authority that they have recruited some hoodlums under the guise that they are local government workers who are asking for the payment of their pensions and gratuities,” the statement read.

According to the organisation, the genuine pensioners in the state are receiving their pensions as at when due, while the genuine local council workers who are protesting know where to to get their salaries from. “This government is workers-friendly and it is the only state in Nigeria that increased its minimum wage from N18, 000 to N25, 000,” the statement added.

But the PDP in reaction told, “the APC to accept that their posters, if being destroyed, is as a result of their failed policies and rejection by Edo youths.”The party said it has no reason to destroy the APC’s posters, noting that the proliferation of posters is another sign of government’s insensitivity to the feelings of Edo people.

It accused the ruling party of being selfish by its failure to pay the workers salaries and allowances, because it is preparing for an election. The Obaseki organisation however called on the security agents to watch out for those behind the destruction because the APC is looking forward to a peaceful election.

Ogie alleged that the plot to destroy its billboards and posters was meant to coerce the ruling party into violence, which it said it would not succumb to.
The statement urged the PDP to desist from doing further damage to its billboards in the interest of peace.

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