The outgoing Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has challenged those destroying the campaign posters, billboards and other campaign materials of political opponents in the state to cease the unlawful act or be ready to face the wrath of the law when caught.
Governor Ortom disclosed this via a statement issued in Makurdi by his Special Adviser Media and Publicity, Terver Akase. In it, the governor stated that democracy guarantees freedom for everyone to campaign without harassment or molestation.
Governor Ortom reiterated that his government would not tolerated such even from any supporter of his party the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, or opposition political parties because he believes in ensuring a level playing field for all.
IsL source, also gathered that Ortom was eloquent in stating that no individual or group has the right to pull down the campaign materials of opponents for any reason whatsoever assuring that he would not allow such in the state.
In his words, “as a government we will not allow anyone destroy the campaign posters, billboards and other campaign materials of political opponents in Benue state. We will not tolerate it because the law frowns at it.
“We are therefore warning anyone insovled in such to desist or be prepared to face the law if caught, because we will not condone such from anyone.”
He however advised political parties, their candidates and supporters to always ensure that their posters and billboards were mounted in approved locations and to desist from defacing Makurdi as well as other towns of the state with indiscriminate placement of campaign materials.
Governor Ortom advised anyone intending to erect a billboard in the state to seek the approval of relevant government agencies before doing so.