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Lagos agency explains legal action against PDP

2015-01-23 12:50
Party supporters raise flags in support of Nigerian President and Presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo during a rally in Lagos on January 8, 2015. Nigeria's President Goodluc ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Abuja - The Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency denied it had any agenda against the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

This follows the conclusion of plans to sue the party for the alleged illegal display of campaign material of President Goodluck Jonathan on infrastructure within the state.

The ruling party is said to have displayed the material "without recourse to laws regulating advertisement."

The main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) controls the state.

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LASSA Legal Adviser, Oyeyemi Lekan-Osunmakinde, said the agency had not prevented PDP or any other political party from publicizing their programmes in Lagos State.

“Every political party has the right to campaign and solicit for votes.
But in line with the agency’s statutory functions, these advertisement must be in accordance with the law,” she said.

“Multi-million Naira advert contracts have been canceled by advertisers as a result of the acts of illegality embarked on by the affected political party. The essence of advertisement is maximum publicity and exposure.
However by illegally placing their campaign materials to obstruct those lawfully placed, the rights of others are being violated.”

PDP had not commented on the developments.

- CAJ News
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