The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in
Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje, has petitioned the state Commissioner of
Police, Edgal Imohimi, over his torn campaign billboards.
posted a video of the torn billboards on the social media on Saturday,
lamenting what he described as lack of level-playing field for
candidates in the state.
“Early this morning, our boards were
vandalised and removed just as campaign commenced. Some of our staff
were also threatened with violence.
“Fellow Lagosians, we must
stand against this sort of tyranny. This is no ordinary election. This
is a fight for freedom. A fight for democracy. A fight for Lagos. We
will not be silent and we will not be oppressed or suppressed into a
corner. This time round, democracy must win,” he wrote on his Twitter page.
He was said to have also petitioned the police over the matter.
police spokesperson, Chike Oti, who confirmed the PDP candidate’s
petition, said there was no way the command could deploy policemen to
monitor all campaign materials in the state. He noted that the command
would rather adopt the ‘Aberdeen System.’
Oti, who released a
statement on the incident, said the commissioner of police had decided
to invite the Independent National Electoral Commission, party
candidates and chairmen to a meeting.
He said, “The Commissioner
of Police, Lagos State, Mr Edgal Imohimi, this December 1, 2018, at
about 9.15am, received a complaint from the governorship candidate of
the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos, Mr Jimi Agbaje, to the effect
that his campaign billboards were vandalised and removed by unknown
“The complainant went further to post his concern on the
social media alleging the vandalism and removal of the aforementioned
items. To this end, the commissioner of police directed the deputy
commissioner of police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation and
Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, to set up a monitoring team
comprising the command’s Riders Unit, to monitor daily and arrest
anybody seen vandalising or defacing campaign posters or boards.”