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Oyo candidates find way around poster ban

28 September 2014, 15:32

Abuja - Some governorship aspirants in Oyo have adopted the use of electronic campaign billboards to beat the ban on indiscriminate posting of campaign posters by the state Signage And Advertisement Agency (OYSAA).

PDP and APC aspirants have been using the electronic device to market their programmes to the electorate.

The campaign billboards are noticeable at strategic areas around Sango, Mokola, Challenge and Eleyele areas of Ibadan, the state capital.

Yinka Adepoju, Director-General of OYSAA, said on Sunday in Ibadan that he was not satisfied with the level of compliance by the aspirants with the ban as the manual posters still defaced the environment.

Adepoju said that was why the agency's staff were removing the posters along the roads to enforce the ban.

"The political party aspirants, who are interested in pasting campaign posters, must come to our office to register so that they will be guided on know to do it.

"Any aspirant, who is interested in pasting posters must follow the agency's due process by complying with the laid down procedures," he said.

Adepoju threatened to sanction any erring politician henceforth no matter the party he or she belonged, adding that the aspirants had even jumped the gun by starting to campaign now.

"By posting campaign posters now, aspirants, apart from causing untidy environment, are equally violating INEC electoral rules.

"What the rule says is 90 days before the election, but we are about 180 days, yet aspirants are already campaigning," he said.

Thedirector-general, who told NAN that he had complained to INEC without any response, said that it was not possible for him to be doing the commission's job.

He noted that the agency had been on this issue for a month, adding that it had assumed a disturbing dimension that needed sanity.



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