Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has signed Executive Order RVSG – 22 prohibiting the use of premises, buildings, and structures in residential areas in urban and non-urban areas as campaign offices by political parties.
According to a press statement issued by the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Alagbo Chris Finebone, today November 15, the Executive Order also prohibits the posting of bills or posters, or any other material in unauthorized places.
The statement said Governor Wike while signing the Order condemned the incessant defacement of expensive public properties, particularly in Port Harcourt through the posting of handbills, banners, posters, and all sorts of unauthorized materials.
Executive Order 22 also prescribes that “any political party or association or body of persons however called or described that wishes to use any premises, building or structure situated in a residential area in any urban area of Rivers State as campaign office must obtain permission from the Rivers State Commissioner for Urban and Physical Planning.”
The Commissioner added that Executive Order RVSG – 22 came into effect on Friday., a legal instrument that forces political parties to fulfill certain conditions before embarking on campaigns in various parts of the state.
The Governor had earlier prohibited political parties from using public schools for political campaigns without the approval of the state Ministry of Education, saying the ministry must be notified at least two weeks before the date of any campaign in a school.
“Applicants will also deposit the sum of five million caution fees in case attendees destroy the facilities in the schools.” he said
He stated that a local council chairman has the right to stop any rally if approval is not sought.
The governor warned that the state government will not allow political parties and their supporters to disturb the peace in the state, as the campaigns begin.