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Ekiti begins removal of bill boards

24 April 2013, 09:11

Ado-Ekiti- The Oyo State Signage and Advertisement  Agency on Tuesday began pulling down the billboards of  some  aspirants in  next year’s governorship poll in Ekiti.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that among those affected  were a former governor in the state,  Ayo Fayose as well as former Deputy Governors,  Abiodun Aluko and Bisi Omoyeni.

Others affected included Sen.  Gbenga Aluko, Mr Peter Obafemi and a former member of the  House of Representatives, Wale Aribisala.

The aspirants are all in the opposition PDP in the  state.

NAN reports that officials of the agency carried out the exercise  at about 10. a.m. in company with  armed  mobile policemen.

But  Fayose  described the removal  of  the billboards  as `` purely political.’’

He said the removal of the bill boards was a ploy to give the impression that PDP was not on ground in the state.

``It is sad that  the  billboard that has also been in my house in the last seven years was removed and destroyed by agents of government without any notice.’’

`` They came as early as 7.30 a.m.  before we arrived at our offices and destroyed all our billboards. This is purely politics of intolerance,’’ he said.

Fayose claimed that nobody  brought any signage bill to him for payment on his billboards.

He, however, said the  incident  had been reported to the State Police Command  as well as other police stations within the locality where the billboards were destroyed.

Confirming the development, the Director-General of the State Signage and Advertisement Agency, Mr Adewole Ajakaiye, said  those affected may  have defaulted in the payment of their  charges.

He debunked  insinuations that government embarked on the removal to shut  opposition parties out of the public space.

Ajakaiye, who  described  those  peddling the rumour as idle, said:  “Anyone who is affected may have defaulted  in the payment of charges.’’ 


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