•It’s not true —PDP
NO fewer than 10 billboards worth over N250, 000 belonging to Mr Robinson Ariyo of the All progressive Congress (APC) have been destroyed by political hoodlums in Warri, Delta State.
This is just as the human rights activist and peace builder has asked the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Suleiman Abba, to quickly probe into the allegation that an opposition party had perfected plans to disrupt the April 11 poll by way of compelling electorate to vote for their preferred candidates or risk their lives.
Ariyo , who is contesting for the Warri South Constituency Two in the Delta House of Assembly under the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the April 11, governorship and House of Assembly elections, called on relevant authorities to arrest electoral manipulations and political thuggery that have become a recurring decimal in Warri.
The human right lawyer, who recently escaped assassination by sheer providence, while fielding questions from journalists in Warri on Saturday, however, urged his supporters to remain calm in the face of provocations.
He added that he had also reported the incessant destruction of his billboards to the state’s Commissioner of Police and the Warri Area Commander for appropriate action.
“I believe in addressing issues through legitimate means,’’ he said.
Ariyo urged his supporters not to be intimidated by the threats put across by the opposition parties ahead of the April 11 poll and advised them to vote en masse for APC.
“I woke up on Friday morning and see that more than 10 of my billboards have been pull down and tore into pieces.
“We had Presidential and National Assembly election recently which was characterised by irregularities, manipulation, threat and violence.
Meanwhile, a PDP stalwart and chairman of Warri South Local Government Area, Honourable Matthew Mofe Edema, while reacting to Ariyo’s allegation on phone, denied any plan by the PDP to coerce people to vote for its candidates in the coming governorship and state House of Assembly elections.
“No such thing on ground, to the best of my knowledge. Did APC coerce people to vote for its presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, who won last Saturday’s election? I think we need to be careful in making allegations that cannot be substantiated,” Hon. Edema, popularly called man of God stated.
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