By Solomon Ebipade,Yenagoa
Members of the Timi Alaibe campaign organisation has accused the state government has ordered removal campaign of Chief Timi Alaibe campaign posters ahead of the September 2nd governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic in the state.
Tony Ile, member of the timi Alaibe campaign group, said that the removal of the campaign posters along Adaka Boro road by agents of the state government is primitive, archaic and outdated.
“I personally drove along the said express and even took pictures of the removal of posters stationed at the centre kerb of the road. They removed all the posters and kept them at the shoulder end of the road all in a determined effort to keep the man (Timi Alaibe) growing popularity and acceptability away from Bayelsans who have vowed to vote him come rain or sun’
” How can any reasonable government target a man that help him stabilize his government at the beginning”?
The attitude of the government has continue to raise controversies in Bayelsa state, after it became glaring that the government is targeting the campaign posters of the former NDDC boss .
Meanwhile, the authorities of the Bayelsa State Physical Planning and Development Board stated that, in line with an earlier announcement, most governorship aspirants including Timi Alaibe, had embarked on illegal, irregular and indiscriminate pasting of posters and erecting/installation of signage and billboards within Yenagoa city and its environs.
The Executive Chairman, Bayelsa State Physical Planning and Development Board, Hon. Ebi Waribigha, in an announcement issued after some campaign posters were removed, warned the general public, especially political aspirants and their supporters / agents acting on their behalf, to desist from the illegal and indiscriminate pasting of posters and erecting/installation of signage and billboard in Yenagoa city and its environs.
According to the statement, “The public may wish to be informed that most of these advertorials fall short of prescribed standards and best practices as they distort the aesthetic condition of the city, cause impediment to free flow of traffic, pose serious danger to pedestrians/motorists and transmit offensive and unethical messages to the public’.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Section 35, 78 and other relevant sections of the Bayelsa State Physical Planning and Development Law and the Regulations made pursuant to the law, accord the Board the statutory right to regulate and issue permit approvals for the location, design, display and construction of outdoor signpost, advertisement boards, electronic display screens, posting of bills/posters and other forms of outdoor advertisement in the state.”
“The Board therefore wishes to warn the public that henceforth Government shall not condone these activities in the state without authorization from the Board. To this end, all individuals, government, political parties, aspirants and their supporters and corporate organizations are requested to obtain a valid permit from the Bayelsa State Physical Planning and Development Board (former CCDA).
“Failure to adhere to this announcement shall attract appropriate sanctions including but not limited to payment of fines/penalties, forfeiture and/or prosecution among others,” Waribigha said.