Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has condemned as unfortunate and unacceptable, the vandalisation of billboards belonging to political parties and their candidates in the state by unknown persons.
Political parties in the state have complained about vandalisation of their campaign billboards with allegations that the act was sponsored by members of opposing parties.
Governor Ahmed, in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Muyideen Akorede, denounced the action and warned political parties, their candidates and supporters to desist from such actions in the interest of peace and harmonious coexistence in the state.
The governor urged political parties and their candidates to campaign for votes in the forthcoming general elections on the basis on their ideas and plans for the electorate rather than deploying force, violent rhetoric or taking the law into their hands.
He said only the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) and the Kwara State Signage and Advertising Agency (KWASAA) were authorised by law to either approve or remove outdoor advertising for non-compliance with existing regulations.
The governor said that the police and other law enforcement agencies in the state have been advised to arrest and prosecute anyone either violating the law on outdoor advertising or illegally destroying billboards.
He reiterated his call on the people of the state to exercise their franchise freely without fear or favour in the 2019 elections and desist from any actions capable of creating crises, violence or otherwise disrupting the polls.
Ahmed said it was the responsibility of all concerned to ensure that the state maintains its reputation for rancour-free campaigns and elections.