PDP cries out , warns Obiano, others over destruction of Jonathan’s campaign posters
THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra state has bitterly cried out to Gov Willie Obiano and agents of his administration over what it described as the continuous , defacing and destruction of campaign posters, billboards and other materials of her candidates and members, including those of President Goodluck Jonathan in parts of the state.
The party, according to Prince Ken Emeakayi, a the leader of the PDP Contact and Mobilization Committee of the Presidential campaign council in the state, has already formally petitioned the security agencies including the Police, the State Security Service, the Army, the Navy and the state governor amongst others over the matter.
Emeakayi noted that since the PDP has chosen the part of honour, discipline and peace by restraining their members who have been rearing to react and go on the offensive, they have therefore given the governor a benefit of doubt to call his men to order, to avoid the situation from degenerating into an open conflict.
He said the party was aware of the antagonistic moves being made to cause disaffection and anger amongst other candidates for a fight to break out.
The PDP chieftain cautioned all political actors in the state to endeavor to play by the rules, eschew violence and use of foul language against each other, noting that politics remains an honourable game of wits, words and numbers, where only those with character and superior argument prevail.
He said: “We have received several complaints from most of our candidates that members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA) and All Progressives Congress(APC) have been destroying, defacing and vandalizing PDP billboards, posters and handbills and other campaign materials in parts of the state…”
He wondered at the state of mind of those who decide not to go on campaign to the electorates but devote time to plan on how to attack the popular PDP candidates, especially the President, even as he urged the governor and other party leaders to step into the matter immediately and restore sanity.
On the new bye-law by the state Assembly on campaigns by those they see as not among the candidates whose names were published by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), who have pending cases in courts on their nominati those behind it.
He said the move was a clear mockery of what a legislature should be doing because the matter was ultra vires the powers of a State Assembly, since laws guiding elections in Nigeria were Federal laws, hence state Assemblies have no powers to legislate over same.
“This shows that the state Assembly acts arbitrarily without sound research and legal counsel.”, he said.