By Ola Ajayi
IBADAN â€” WORRIED by serial defacement of his posters by some people believed to be opposed to his re-election, Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State has described the act as a clear admission of defeat by his political detractors.
For quite sometime now, posters of the governor, who is seeking a second term ticket have either been torn or defaced in many parts of the city.
Vanguard observed that the posters were crossed with red ink or completely painted so that the messages on them are unreadable.
Areas where this was noticed include Beere, Molete flyover, Secretariat, Dugbe and the road that links Dugbe and Challenge.
This is not the first time such open disapproval would be demonstrated by yet to be identified people. Towards the build-up to the 2007 election, some giant billboards of the then governorship candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, which were erected at Adamasingba, Challenge, Mokola and Ring Roads were mutilated.
Declaring the act as undemocratic and cowardly, the Governor, through his Special Adviser on Public Communication, Prince Dotun Oyelade, wondered why posters of Senator Abiola Ajimobi, a governor-ship aspirant in the state remained intact.
In an e-mail sent to Vanguard, the governor said, â€œthis is misplaced aggression because the popularity of Governor Akala is indelible in the mind of the people and not in the posters.â€
To prove his political tolerance, he explained that three years after the last election,Â Senator Ajimobiâ€™s giant_sized posters were still untouched and intact in strategic locations in Ogbomosoland, his hometown.
â€œWhat is more, neither the PDP nor Governor Akala disturbs anyone from mounting their posters in any authorized place of their choice, so why the display of intolerance?, he asked.
As far as he is concerned, the defacement of the posters is undemocratic, admission of defeat and a clear signal that the opposition does not wish to take advantage of the democratic climate which this administration is pursuing to seek another victory.
He said he would not be bothered by the undemocratic attitude from his political detractors as the laudable achievements of the governor were still visible for all to assess.
â€œNo matter how much the opposition frets, the roads in Okeogun, the structures in Ogbomosoland, the facelift in Ibadanland and the rehabilitations and constructions in Oyo and Ibarapa cannot be wished awayâ€, he noted.