Alex Otti raises the alarm on destruction of opposition billboards in Abia State
Alex Otti Campaign Organization has alerted the public to the destruction of billboards belonging to the Abia governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the 2015 election, Dr. Alex Otti.
Speaking with newsmen after a tour of the city to access the level of destruction of the billboards, the Director- General of Alex Otti Campaign Organization (AOCO), Ahamdi Nweke, said the attack was done by those who were afraid of the general acceptance of Otti by the people and the change he was going to bring to Abia in 2015.
According to him, 'The Alex Otti Campaign Organization had put up billboards everywhere in town, but as you can see from the areas you have visited, the opposition has been bringing them down.
'They are doing this because the state wants change, because the Aba people have in recent times through their actions made it clear that they want change and they believe they can stop that change by bring down the billboards of the man that is going to bring about that change.'
Nweke said what they had expected those who pulled the billboards down to do was to go all out and campaign as Otti was doing, but that engaging in acts of barbarism and vandalism was unacceptable.
'Unfortunately, it is very shameful that people had resorted to campaign of vandalism, campaign of thurgery so early in the process of the campaign period, to destroy our billboards all over the place.
'You can see quite clearly, tens of millions of naira billboards that had been put up, that had been destroyed by people who ought to be putting up their own and campaign as we are doing.'
He said going by the fact that Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) billboards in the city were not touched, it would not be difficult to discern the quarters from where the destruction came from.
'We are not going to attack PDP because there is no PDP in the state. You will remember that before the state congresses, the state PDP was dissolved, the local government executives were dissolved, the ward level was dissolved, so there is no PDP as such in the state and that is why APGA had taken the centre stage and everyone in the state is supporting APGA.'
Nweke urged the supporters of APGA all over the state, to keep calm and not to retaliate, adding that their governorship candidate, Otti, as a decent man would not like to be involved in politics of thurgery and violence.