The Executive Chairman of Bonny Local Government Area, Hon. Anengi Barasua Claude-Wilcox has warned that the executive Order 21 banning political parties from using public facilities for campaigns without permission is fully operational in the area and must be obeyed.
The council boss made this known through her Deputy Press Secretary, Boma Waribor after she had gone to meet with governorship candidate of Accord Party, Chief, Dumo Lulu-Briggs and his supporters who allegedly invaded the Bonny Ultra-Modern market for campaigns.
According to Mr. Waribor, his principal was verbally attacked and resisted by Lulu-Briggs and his aides but, the council boss insisted on the stoppage of the rally until the proper thing was done.
His statement reads,
EXECUTIVE ORDER 21 FULLY OPERATIONAL IN BONNY, APPLY TO USE PUBLIC FACILITIES OR STAY-OFF, LG CHAIRMAN WARNS
There was pandemonium at the Bonny Local Government owned Ultra-Modern Market this afternoon when members of the Accord Party with its gubernatorial candidate invaded the market for political campaigns, chanting “nothing will happen”, in total disregard to the Executive Order 21 of Rivers State Government.
Recall that on the 6th of October, 2022, the Rivers State Governor, His Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, signed into law, the Rivers State Executive Order 21, prohibiting the use of Public Schools and other government facilities for political rallies and other activities without appropriate authorisation.
The LGA Boss who went to educate Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs and his Port Harcourt based followers at the market about the illegality of their conduct, was verbally attacked and resisted by the gubernatorial candidate and his Aides.
Refusing to be provoked, the LGA Boss insisted on the stoppage of their rally untill the proper thing was done, adding that although it was their right to campaign, doing so in disregard to the law will not be condoned in Bonny.