Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has fined the All Progressives Congress (APC) N5 million for contravening the provisions of the state’s Executive Order 3 of 2022.
Naija News reports that Executive Order 3 prohibits political parties from using public places such as schools, parks, and markets among others for political activities without obtaining due clearance from the state government.
The order also prohibits political parties from using critical infrastructures for pasting posters without obtaining the state government’s clearance.
In a statement on Sunday, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Uchenna Orji, said the ruling party was sanctioned and should pay the N5 million fine into the state’s Internally Generated Revenue account.
He stated that Umahi was saddened by the various political parties’ continuous pasting of posters on electric poles, meridians, concrete roads, and on flyover bridges.
The statement reads: “When APC flagged off its presidential and governorship campaigns in the state, it littered the infrastructures with posters, and that made other political parties follow suit.
“Most of the critical infrastructure has been littered with posters against the laws of the state government and the Executive Order regarding the pasting of posters and billboards.”
“The party is thus fined N5 million for contravening the law and the Executive Order. The APC must pay the money to the state’s Internally Generated Revenue account and obtain a receipt.
“The party should publish the payment on all media platforms including social media before Dec. 31 or risk paying a default fee of 50 million.
“The Governor has decided to forgive all other political parties and appeal to them to remove their posters on critical infrastructures before Dec. 31.
“They are to desist forthwith from defacing our facilities or face a similar penalty like APC in Ebonyi. The governor appeals to all political parties not to take this benevolence as a sign of weakness.
“Government will seal all secretariats and campaign offices of parties that fail to remove their posters or desist from continuous pasting of posters on critical infrastructure.”
Orji asserted that Umahi also ordered the APC to remove all posters on pasted infrastructures before Dec. 31 and has banned all street campaigns in the state.
He added: “He has directed all local government area chairmen, the Commissioner for Youths and Sports and the Commissioner for Education among other aides, to process all applications of political parties intending to use infrastructures for campaigns.
“Any political party that is denied such opportunity and has complied with the laws of the state and the Executive Order must report to the state governor.
“Affected parties can also report to the Commissioner of Police or the Director of the State Security Service within 24 hours for immediate approval.”