Gov Wike bans use of residential areas as Campaign offices

Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers state, has signed Executive Order RVSG-22, which forbids political parties from using locations, structures, and buildings in residential neighborhoods in both urban and non-urban areas as campaign headquarters.

Alagbo Chris Finebone, the commissioner for information and communication for the state of Rivers, said in a news release that the Executive Order also forbids the posting of bills, posters, or any other materials in unapproved locations.

According to the release, Governor Wike denounced the ongoing vandalism of pricey public properties, particularly in Port Harcourt, by signing the order and denouncing the posting of handbills, banners, posters, and other types of unauthorized publications.

The 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 situate 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 campaign 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.

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