By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency, (LASAA) has clarified issues surrounding the removal of some billboards and posters from some roads in the state, saying the concerned parties failed to obtain the necessary permission.
The General Manager of the agency, Mr Mobolaji Sanusu, gave the clarification at a Security/Stakeholders Meeting with INEC, candidates and Political Parties held at the instance of the Lagos Commissioner of police Imohimin Edgal.
It would be recalled that Mr Jimi Agbaje of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Nov. 27th reported the vandalism of his billboard and posters to CP Edgal.
Sanusi pointed out that the All Progressives Congress (APC) obtained permission from the agency before mounting the billboards and pasting the poster especially on the Lagos Island.
According to him, there are rules and regulations guiding the pasting of bills and posters in Lagos State which must be strictly adhered to.
He explained that the agency clean up the state on weekly basis to remove any poster or billboards mounted illegally across the State.
The police boss, Edgal advised that all participants and political candidates should always engage the agency before pasting and mounting billboards and take the advantage agency’s discounts.
“Lagos State is politically matured. The removal of the billboards and poster could not have been an intentional act and that is why I have invited the LASAA MD to be here today in order to clear the air on the issue,” he said.
Edgal noted that one of the major trust of the meeting was sequel to complaints about destruction of political party posters and bill boards.
He warned the parties against an information that some parties were already arming some members of the NURTW to cause chaos in the state in case of election results did not favour them.
The Resident Electoral commissioner in Lagos state, Mr Sam Olumekun disclosed there were 64 registered political parties and advised politicians to focus on issues based campaigns instead of issues that could lead to violence.
Olumakun noted that INEC would ensure a free, fair and credible election which he said can only be achieved in a peaceful atmosphere.
However, some other parties accused LASAA of bias, stressing that it favours APC more than other parties in the state.
The meeting had in attendance some candidates, political party chieftains, INEC Resident Electoral commissioner, leadership of LASAA and senior police officers.