Despite an existing law against pasting of posters on walls and indiscriminate outdoor advertising in Lagos State, political aspirants under the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state are defacing walls and other public property with their posters.
The Speaker of the state house of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji; the current commissioner for works, Obafemi Hamzat; and his predecessor, Leke Pitan, are among the culprits.
The state’s Structure for Signage and Advertisement Agency Law states that “Political signs not to exceed one and half square metres on residential property and three square metres on non-residential properties.
“The height of the sign shall not exceed two meters. No political sign shall be placed in the right of way or in any location or manner as to block visibility to any roadway or property. Political signs shall be removed not later than ten days following election.”
While Mr. Hamzat ‘s posters were seen on walls on University Road and Adeshina Street, the speaker’s posters were pasted on the median along Herbert Macaulay Road, all in Yaba.
Mr. Pitan’s posters were pasted on the median along Kudirat Abiola Road, Oregun in Ikeja.
When PREMIUM TIMES contacted the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency, LASAA, officials at the agency said the posters were illegal.
“I can tell you that it is illegal and we have been going round town to remove such posters from the walls ” Tope Akande, the agency’s Coporate Affairs manager stated.
When asked if the agency will prosecute the offenders, Mr. Akande said “We only refer the matter to the state task force, they will handle that.”
He further said that the agency’s internal task force have been going round the state to remove electoral osters.
Efforts to speak with the Lagos task force to ascertain if the violators, whom are principal officers of the state government and members of the ruling party, APC, would be prosecuted was not successful.
Repeated calls made by PREMIUM TIMES were not answered just as text messages were not replied.