Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that Political Parties must Secure government approval before Campaigning in Rivers State and also urged the people of the State not to vote for any party or candidates who do not mean well for the State and its development in the 2023 general election.
Wike stressed that Rivers people must vote wisely, and only for the party and candidates that love Rivers State and are ready to advance and defend its interest.
Governor Wike, who stated these in his 2023 new year broadcast in Port Harcourt on Saturday, said voters in the State must shun those candidates who would fail the State and neglect its aspirations.
“But we must be reminded that the laws and regulations restricting open political activities in public schools and residential areas are being implemented to prevent the destructive tendencies and public nuisance usually associated with such events when things go wrong.
“Ours is a State governed by laws, and no person, group, party, or association has the right to disobey the laws of the State managing campaign activities in public schools and expect us to keep quiet.
“Any political party or candidate that wishes to hold campaigns in public schools must comply with the law by simply securing the government’s approval after paying the required security deposit before the rally.”
“Let it be known that no amount of threat of violence will dissuade us from enforcing these and other laws to keep Rivers State safe, peaceful, and secure before, during and after the 2023 general elections.
“Consequently, any person, group, political party or association that dares the resolve of the government on this issue can only have their fingers badly burnt by the legal consequences of their ill-advised actions.”