Few days after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate for the 2019 governorship elections in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, went public with claims that his campaign materials and billboards were damaged in the state, the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA) has defended their position on the removal of the billboards and posters.
Recall that Agbaje had reported the issue to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgar Imohimi who gave a directive that a monitoring team be formed to arrest anyone caught damaging campaign materials in the state.
Speaking at a Security/Stakeholders Meeting with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Political Parties summoned by the Lagos Police Command today, Wednesday, December 5, 2018, the General Manager of LASAA, Mr. Mobolaji Sanusi, explained that the PDP candidate did not seek the permission of the agency unlike his counterpart in the All Progressives Congress (APC) before mounting the billboards and pasting the posters.
According to him, there are rules and regulations guiding the pasting of bills and posters in Lagos State which must be strictly adhered to.
He explained that the agency clean up the state on weekly basis to remove any poster or billboards mounted illegally across the State.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, advised that all participants and political candidates should always engage the agency before pasting and mounting billboards and take the advantage agency’s discounts.
“Lagos State is politically matured. The removal of the billboards and poster could not have been an intentional act and that is why I have invited the LASAA MD to be here today in order to clear the air on the issue,” Edgal said.