Politics

Rivers governor bans campaign offices in residential areas

The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has issued Executive Order 22, prohibiting political parties from using unapproved residential buildings as campaign offices.

The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has issued Executive Order 22, prohibiting political parties from using unapproved residential buildings as campaign offices.

Such consent must come from the Rivers State Commissioner for Urban and Physical Planning, per the Order.

The Order, which the governor stated would aid in implementing the Rivers State Outdoor Signage and Advertisement Law (RISAA), also prohibits posting bills, posters, or other materials in unapproved locations.

Wike denounced the indiscriminate posting of handbills, banners, posters, and other unapproved materials on valuable public properties, particularly in Port Harcourt, when signing Executive Order 22.

The Order states: “Executive Order RVSG – 22 prohibits the use of premises, buildings and structures in residential areas in urban and non-urban areas as campaign offices by political parties without approval.

“The Order also prohibits the posting of bills or posters or any other material in unauthorized places.

“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.”

Recall that Wike enacted Executive Order 21 on October 7, 2022, forbidding political parties from using public schools without the approval of the State Ministry of Education.

The governor indicated that the approval application must be submitted at least two weeks before the campaign day.

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