PDP denies destruction of APC billboards in Enugu

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State has denied reports that the party was responsible for the destruction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) billboards in the state. Enugu State Leaders and Stakeholders forum had decried what it called the intolerance of the Enugu State government, towards the main opposition party in the state,
the APC saying that the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, personally ordered that no billboards campaigning for President Buhari and the APC governorship candidate in Enugu State, Senator Ayogu Eze, be allowed to stand anywhere in the state, despite having paid the necessary levies for such.
But the PDP in a statement signed by the state’s Chairman, Augustine Nnamani, titled ‘Enugu PDP Press Statement on APC’s false Allegation’ said that ‘contrary to the allegation, it was the APC that has been destroying PDP billboards in the state despite the fact that an advocacy group, Youth Coalition for Good Governance, had recently raised the alarm in the media over such plans by members of the major opposition political party in the state – “to destroy all billboards erected in strategic locations in Enugu by teaming supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led state government”.
The party further said that the allegation by the factional state chairman of the APC, Mr. Ben Nwoye that the PDP is stopping the party from mounting its billboards in the state and destroying available ones was unfounded.
The PDP statement reads thus ‘the attention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State has been drawn to the unfounded allegation by the factional state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Ben Nwoye that the PDP is stopping the party from mounting its billboards in the state and destroying available ones.
Ordinarily, the state chapter of the PDP would have wished not to join issues with the opposition APC in the state, over series of mischievous allegations against our great party, but since this recent accusation is capable of undermining the enviable style of governance in the state, anchored on peace, good governance, decency, credibility and respect for all institutions, the need to react becomes imperative:
1. That the PDP did not and certainly will not prevent any other political party in the state from mounting its billboard in any approved location.
2. That the PDP-led state government , has already mounted billboards in strategic locations, welcoming the Vice President , His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to Enugu State on Friday, November 23, in line with our standing tradition of according respect, each time the President or his Vice visits the state, which they always appreciate.
3. That such act of hospitality and the demand of protocol from the PDP government in Enugu State should not been seen by the state chapter of the APC as an opportunity to misrepresent issues and lie against the PDP.
4. That contrary to the allegation, it was the APC that has been destroying PDP billboards in the state despite the fact that an advocacy group, Youth Coalition for Good Governance, had recently raised the alarm in the media over such plans by members of the major opposition political party in the state – “to destroy all billboards erected in strategic locations in Enugu by teeming supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led state government”.
5. That we advise the opposition APC in Enugu State to appreciate the existing peace in the state as well as the spirit of friendship being extended to all political parties through our multi-partisan approach to governance, which most of their leaders have acknowledged.’
The forum had lamented that the state government in has refused advertising agents and owners of some billboards to mount campaigns billboards in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC.
The group speaking through its leader, Chief Amadi Chukwuma claimed that it has it on good authority, that the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has personally ordered that no billboards campaigning for President Buhari and the APC Governorship candidate in Enugu State, Senator Ayogu Eze, be allowed to stand anywhere in the state, despite having paid the necessary levies for such.
The group cited as an instance, a particular large billboard along the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, which has already been paid for by the APC for use in the next three months, but which the advertisers have been prevented from mounting, by the Enugu State government.
The group said this unwarranted action of the Enugu State government, has left no one in doubt that the administration of Governor Ugwuanyi, have finally been turned into a dictatorship, with utmost intentions of using its state privileges, to repress opposition and turn Enugu State into a one party state.
It further said the actions of the Enugu State government, is an official declaration of war on the APC and there is no way the safety of APC members and leaders can be further guaranteed in the State, if the Federal government does not take urgent actions, to prevent this illegality.
Conscious of the unpopularity of the Ugwuanyi’s administration in Enugu State, the state government is now preventing supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC governorship candidate, Senator Ayogu Eze, from erecting campaign Billboards from exercising it’s legally guaranteed privilege, of reaching out to the good people of Enugu State. Most worrisome, is the resort of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, to threatening advertising agencies and media organizations in the State, with the likely consequences, of being patronized by the APC.”
“This desperate tactic of the Ugwuanyi’s administration in Enugu State, and the resort to pulling down President Buhari campaign billboards, could be seen as an admission that the PDP is no longer sellable to the electorate in Enugu State.”

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