The governorship candidate in Ebonyi State, Professor Ben Odoh, and the state government yesterday discussed the alleged destruction of the APGA campaign board in the 2023 governorship election in the state.
Odoh yesterday in a press conference accused the officials and criminals of the state government of being responsible for the vandalism of his billboard.
The governorship aspirant who condemned the attack and vandalism of the campaign board in the state said that the ruling hand of the state, Chief David Umahi is breaking because of the violence of the party.
“The beginning of the senseless attack on our message board that happened on Sunday, August 21, 2022 (because we found it still hanging hours after being hanged by professional operators, Rocana Nigeria Ltd) is that the state government, it is clear that it is aggressive. got from our advice to the state so far we have put the notice ‘Remove the advertisement’ on them”, he said.
But in a quick response, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Planning, Mr. Chooks Okoh described the allegation as not only ridiculous but strange.
Okoh said for the avoidance of doubt, Governor Umahi had no hand in the destruction of anyone’s property, including billboards.
“One would expect that such reports and evidence of payment of the necessary stamp duty and approval necessary for the establishment of the board will be sent to the appropriate government agencies.
“We are in a society governed by the rule of law. Let the complainants go to the authorities that gave them permission to install the board and submit their complaints,” he said.
Odoh emphasized that as a media person, ROCANA is not in any way involved or instigating the state government adding that as a law abiding citizen who understands where professionals are involved in ‘things like this, they just need to reach out and tell him. advertising agency – ROCANA.
“ROCANA has been actively involved in the state and the South East for the past few decades. We will tell them about the ‘remove advertisement’ letter that the Ebonyi state government posted on the board with its official logo.
“They promised to reach out to the state government and get back to us as soon as possible. A few hours later, we found that the boards had been torn down and removed by force, suspected by the state government officials.
“Some of the billboards are still hanging, facing the ground and have yet to be explained by the professional media operator- ROCANA insists that it pays taxes, levies and other fees to the Ebonyi state government as and when due.” he said.