Ahead of the 2023 governorship election in Lagos, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Olajide Adediran, popularly called Jandor, has alleged that the State Government was currently threatening advertising firms with sanctions should they give publicity to opposition parties’ campaign posters and billboards across the state.
Jandor said that the State Government under the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was allegedly mandating the private firms to return advert fees paid to them by his party, PDP, and other opposition political parties across the state.
He noted that due to the government directives, the advert agencies contracted by the party had allegedly refunded the money paid to them, linking their actions to the government’s new policy.
The PDP guber candidate noted that the state government’s policy was not made public but the advertising agencies have been informed that all opposition parties should be prevented from executing their campaign plans.
He made the allegation on Wednesday while speaking during an interview on a popular television station and disclosed that his posters pasted on the Third Mainland bridge and other strategies locations were allegedly removed by state-backed hoodlums in a bid to prevent his agenda from getting to Lagosians.
The governorship candidate, however, said that plans are been put in place to ensure he sells his candidacy and that of his running mate, actress Funke Akindele, to Lagosian despite the alleged plot of the Lagos government.
“I know them. I was coming from them. We will not seat and fold our arms and be complaining. Why I have decided to bring this to the court of public opinion is to let people know what was going on. They cannot stop us from pasting posters. We will turn it into guerrilla warfare and we will begin to go out and paste our posters.
“The moment that of Afromedia happened in Falomo here, I placed a call through to the Lagos police commissioner myself and I said to him, ‘TP, this just happened. It was removed.’ We didn’t even know, we thought it was the hoodlums who removed it. It was after an investigation that we realized that it was the state government, through LASAA that removed it. The company in question did say to us, ‘They have asked us not to take anything from you. We will refund your money.” Just like JCDecaux did refund our money.
“The next day I went to the office of the police commissioner with all our team and told him, ‘Look, if you don’t step in, we may be sitting on a keg of gun powder in Lagos. We will never be allowed to be put on the defensive.
We will continue to paste our posters. Last week on the Third Mainland bridge, which is even a Federal Government road, our people put some A4 boards. They were removing it in broad daylight. After paying for all of these. We won’t allow this, we will find a way to put our campaign materials out there.
“It is our constitutional right to vie for this office. It is our constitutional right to let the people know that we are here and ready to do things differently. Engaging in such activities on their part meant that they know it’s doom for them already and that is why they are doing everything to make sure they stop us and we won’t allow it.”
Furthermore, the PDP governorship candidate clarified his choice of running mate, saying he had chosen Funke Akindele to solidify his ticket and cause the needed upset to unseat the APC government in the state.