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Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi has a few months to the 2023 general election announced a ban on street campaigns by political parties.
He also threatened to seal off party secretaries and offices of defaulters.
Umahi also banned pasting of posters on critical infrastructure, including electric poles, concrete medians, roads, flyover bridges and other critical infrastructure of the State by all the Political Parties in the State.
The governor, who made this known in a statement signed and issued to newsmen in Abakaliki by the Commissioner of Information and State Orientation, Mr Uchenna Orji, threatened to clampdown on political parties, including his All Progressives Congress, APC, that littered the infrastructure with posters.
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‘The Governor has banned all street campaigns and directed all Local Government Area Chairmen, to process all the applications of any Political Party including APC that wants to use the public facilities for their campaigns,’ he stated.
Umahi, however, gave a marching order to all political parties including APC to remove with immediate effect, all the posters that already littered on the critical infrastructures in the state.
According to him: ‘The Governor has decided to forgive all other political parties and appeal to them to remove all their posters on all the critical infrastructure before 31st December, 2022 and desist forthwith from defacing the state facilities or face similar penalty like APC, Ebonyi State chapter.
In a related development, the Ebonyi State Government has fined the All Progressives Congress, APC, the sum of five million naira for contravening the provisions of the state’s Executive Order 3 of 2022.
Executive Order 3 prohibits political parties from using public places such as parks, markets and schools, among others, for political activities without obtaining due clearance from the state government.
Recall that Governor David Umahi had in November signed an order prohibiting parties from using critical infrastructures for pasting posters without obtaining state clearance and using public facilities for a campaign.