The Bayelsa state government’s alleged removal of the governorship campaign posters of the former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Chief Timi Alaibe in some parts of Yenagoa, the state capital has triggered controversy.
While some members of the Alaibe campaign organisation accused the state government of targeted attempt to strangulate the campaign plans of Alaibe ahead of the September 2nd governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with the removal of his campaign posters.
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 the illegal, irregular and indiscriminate pasting of posters and erecting/installation of signages and billboards within Yenagoa city and its environs.
The Executive Chairman, Bayelsa State Physical Planning and Development Board, Ebi Waribigha, in an announcement issued after some campaign posters were removed warned the general public, especially political aspirants or candidates and their supporters or agents acting on their behalf to desist from the illegal, irregular and indiscriminate pasting of posters and erecting/installation of signages and billboards within Yenagoa city and its environs.
The statement read in part: ‘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.”