The Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said neither the party nor the state government was responsible for the damage or removal of the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate’s billboards.
The state PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr Chris Nehikhare, said this while briefing newsmen on Sunday in Benin, NAN reports.
APC had in a statement issued by the Director of Publicity of Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation, Mr John Mayaki, on Saturday, raised the alarm that the campaign billboards of Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu were being destroyed and pulled down in some part of the state.
Mayaki had further alleged that the PDP and the state government were responsible for the act.
However, Nehikhare described the allegation against the PDP and the state government as “frivolous and unsubstantiated.”
The PDP publicity secretary added that in view of this development, the state government had put the security agencies on notice to ensure that the perpetrators of the act were apprehended, while also advising the APC to look inward.
He said: “It is a known fact that there are factions within the APC in the state. Perhaps the factions could be responsible.
“Let me make it categorically clear that the PDP or the state government has no hands in the destruction or damage of the billboards mounted by the APC.
“While we condemn the act, we, however, advise APC to look inwards, as it is common knowledge that the party is seriously divided and populated by factions.
“It is laughable that the APC will contemplate that the PDP or its government will pay attention to its posters or billboards without messages and want them destroyed or damaged.”