EBONYI State coordinator Of an Atiku support group, known as Friends of Atiku(FOA) Hon Linus Abba Okorie has condemned the destruction of campaign billboard of Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar by unknown hoodlums at the group’s campaign office along mile 50, Abakaliki, the state capital.
Okorie who through Onicha local government Coordinator of Friends For Atiku, Comrade Nnamdi Ogbonnaya Onu, stated these in Abakaliki while briefing journalists, at the campaign office.
Onu who disclosed to newsmen that a suspicious movement was observed within the campaign premises in the evening before the destruction of the billboards, call on all the security agencies to ensure that the hoodlums are brought to book and then urged his members to keep calm on the matter and avoid taking laws into their hands.
“This morning as early as 5:30 am, our phones began to ring getting calls from people living around our campaign office here at mile 50 Abakaliki that it has been attacked by some hoodlums. We rushed here and discovered that some of our billboards have been damaged by the hoodlums.
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“We are surprised because we the Friends of Atiku are law-abiding people because we are a law abidingleague of people; men and women, youths, the old and young in Nigeria who have identified with the wind of let’s get Nigeria working again that started in the last couple of months.
“To discover that some faceless individuals will take it upon themselves to attack us in this manner is something we are not going to take. In as much as we are not going to accuse anybody, we believe that for people to attack us, is doing that at his own risk. Even if you are doing it that somebody sent you from anywhere or any quarter,
we know that Ebonyi as a PDP state cannot encourage anybody to destroy presidential candidate billboards.
“Yesterday, we noticed some unusual movement around here but because of the fact that we opened our gate wide open for people to come in.
We have made former reports to security agencies to let everybody know that we are law-abiding people as friends of Atiku.
“What has happened is something highly despicable for anybody to think that destroying billboards is a way of enhancing his/her political popularity. We want to appeal to everybody to be steadfast in their support to our presidential candidate,” he said.