The Labour Party has expressed concern over the widespread destruction of Mr. Peter Obi’s campaign billboards in Anambra State.
At a press conference on Sunday in Awka, the state chairman of the party, Chief Ugochukwu Emeh, raised the alarm, calling the action “punitive, condemnable, and unacceptable.”
Emeh argued that the act violated the state’s constitution and questioned why Obi, a former governor of the state, should face such harsh punishment.
The good people of Anambra state, according to him, “welcomed the emergence of Prof. Chukwuma Soludo with great expectations.”
“The light that would finally transform and illuminate the state was eagerly anticipated by the citizens. But regrettably, it’s now clear that it was an unfortunate and misguided hope,” he said.
In light of this, the LP chairman reminded Soludo that while having goals is admirable, they must be guided by “decency, diligence, and the sanity of live and let live.”
He continued, “No such ambitious person should cut their nose off to spite their face.
“And the governor has shot himself in the foot by directing the removal of our (LP) presidential campaign billboards from across the state and their replacement with APGA messages. Even more, the smear extended to and tarnished all APGA candidates.
He claimed that the man’s actions “depict power arrogance and show his disregard for the feelings and aspirations of any other person, even his party members.”
Emeh urged the citizens of the state, as well as the LP and Obidient Movement participants there, to continue to be very calm, focused, and law-abiding.
He claimed that Soludo clearly lacks the elements of democracy and a diversity of viewpoints, which is why he has launched a number of rash and unjustified attacks against Obi, the LP, and the Obedient Movement.
Given the outpouring of support for Obi and his running mate, Dr. Ahmed Datti, he reaffirmed that “no removal of posters on billboards will slow down the Obidient Political Movement that has been sweeping across the nation’s political landscape like a tornado.”
Emeh, however, urged good-hearted men and women to warn the governor before the antagonistic attitude spreads like wildfire.
However, Mr. Tony Ujubuonu, the managing director of the Anambra State Signage Agency, the organization in charge of outdoor advertisements and signage issues, told journalists in Awka that those billboards were taken down because the party was unable to comply with the requirements of the state government and that the money it paid had been returned.