The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has denied its alleged involvement in the removal of campaign posters and materials of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state.
In a statement signed by Joe Igbokwe, the Lagos APC Publicity Secretary, the APC said, “The attention of Lagos APC has been drawn to the claim by PDP Lagos that its campaign materials are being pulled down in Lagos by people suspected to be APC members.
“Our initial reaction when the statement was brought to our notice was to ignore the story, because it is not the character of APC members to engage in acts of brigandage and political recklessness.”
Igbokwe said however, on second thought, it became imperative to put the records straight “and put lazy politicians in PDP on their toes.”
He said the Lagos APC is made up of committed, disciplined and well behaved followers who do not need to go the way of the rudderless and uncoordinated brunch known as members of PDP in Lagos and that of Nigeria as a whole.
“We do not need the help of anybody to thrash whatever is remaining of PDP in Lagos, if at all they still exist.”
While saying that the searchlight should be beamed at PDP followers, who he said “can deliberately pull down their posters and push it to APC,” Igbokwe appealed to APC members not to take laws into their hands by tampering with PDP campaign materials in the name of helping the APC.
“You have no right to do so and you cannot do so. We do not need such help from anybody. It is undemocratic, primitive, illegal and unacceptable.”
He said it is however too early for the PDP in Lagos to start throwing its hands up in total surrender, when the game is just about to start. Adding that the morbid fear of another crushing defeat is starring the PDP in the face and “they think what we call ‘whispering in the dark’ will help the dying party to save its ugly and battered face.”