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Edo Gov Poll: Obaseki Supporters Are Billboard Vandals – Akpata

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The Labour Party (LP) candidate, Olumide Akpata, has accused supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of systematically destroying his campaign billboards.

Akpata alleges this is a deliberate effort to suppress his party’s message of hope and change for the state.

In a statement issued on Friday, Akpata detailed a series of sabotage incidents that he claims are orchestrated by PDP supporters.

“Over the past few days, we have witnessed a coordinated, premeditated, and insidious assault on our constitutionally guaranteed rights to free speech, political expression, and the fundamental tenets of democracy itself,” he stated.

Akpata pointed fingers at local government officials under the incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki’s administration.

“Billboards that I, as a law-abiding citizen and a gubernatorial candidate, legally paid for and erected across the length and breadth of Benin City have come under attack from the local government areas, who are agents of the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki.”

He highlighted specific instances of vandalism: “In Oredo Local Government Area, two of my billboards were viciously vandalised, defaced, and ultimately torn down, with explicit threats of more removals to come.

“The situation is equally dire and unacceptable in Ovia North East, where two more billboards bearing my visage and campaign messages were mindlessly destroyed by these merchants of anti-democratic forces.

“In Ikpoba Okha, my campaign team has received unambiguous threats that our billboards in that area will also be targeted for elimination.”

Akpata described these actions as the “desperate, last-ditch tactics of an intolerant regime terrified of the winds of change blowing across our dear state.”

He continued, “A regime paralysed by the fear of the people’s burgeoning yearning for a new direction, a new vision, and a new era of progressive and inclusive governance.”

Accusing Governor Obaseki and his handlers of being “anti-democratic forces intolerant of divergent voices, dissenting opinions, and the fundamental principles of pluralism that undergird any true democracy worth the name,”

Akpata called on the perpetrators to cease their “contemptible acts.” He asserted, “I will not be cowed by cowardly tactics.”

The accusations mark a significant escalation in the Edo state governorship campaign, where Akpata is squaring up against Asue Ighodalo of the PDP and Monday Ekpobholo of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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