Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Okorocha bans proliferation of political posters in Owerri

Gov. Rochas Okorocha: wants politicians to make use of bill boards
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo has banned the littering of the state capital with posters during political campaigns.
The ban was conveyed in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, in Owerri on Monday.

The statement said that instead of posters, the politicians should make use of bill boards positioned at approved places and play politics by the rules.
It said the days of political bickering and bitterness in the state were over; pointing out that things that promoted progress should be promoted by all.
It said government had approved the use of government facilities for political rallies and campaigns to promote peace and unity.
It stated that the administration would also provide a level playing ground for all aspirants irrespective of political affiliations.
“Nobody will be stopped from carrying out his/her constitutional rights.”
The statement said All Progressives Congress (APC) would embark on Candidate Assessment Programme by the communities.
“It is an innovation in democracy to empower the grassroots in determining their political leaders, as well as eliminate politicians with criminal records.”
It advised APC aspirants to take note and obtain approvals from communities and necessary authorities before the party endorsed them.
“Okorocha assured APC aspirants of fair playground devoid of god-fatherism.”
The statement said traditional rulers in the state were free to receive any aspirants in their palaces, irrespective of party affiliations.
“What the governor disapproves of is the gathering of traditional rulers for political campaigns.

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