Recall that Wike had earlier signed two executive orders, which among others, prohibited the use of buildings in residential areas for political activities without the express approval of thestategovernment.
Meanwhile, reacting to the development, thePDP Presidential Campaign Council in Rivers faulted thestategovernment‘s action, describing it as anti-democratic and a violation of free expression.
In a statement by the media team of the council on Friday, it explained that the written application sent to thestategovernment had been ignored for months until the venue was sealed on Friday.
PDP statement read: “The public is hereby informed that the sealed premises had no bill board or poster, since theapproval had not been given, yet it was sealed off, a sign that the delay in the approval is premeditated and computed to cause this sort of unlawfulness.
“We condemn this act because it rubs off on our fundamental right to free expression of interest.
Furthermore, this egregious move by the Rivers StateGovernment, seen in the prism of politics, tends to militarise our democracy and renders our dear state politically recessive when juxtaposed with other states in the country.
“We urge our dear leaders in thestate to challenge this illegality in a court of competent jurisdiction so that friction can disappear from our political space.
“The right to campaign for preferred candidate is enshrined in the Constitution of Nigeria, which is the grand norm from which every other law derives its power.
“Thus, every clash between the Constitution and any other made law should be resolved in favour of the Constitution. The Rivers StateGovernment, we dare say, is subject to the provisions of the Constitution of theFederal Republic of Nigeria (as Amended).
It is our duty to remind Gov. Wike and his co-travelers that they, like everyone else, are subject to the Laws of Nigeria.
“Meanwhile we charge the Rivers StatePDP PCC, our dear leaders, to see to it that this unlawful disruption of campaign activities does not rattle their cage. They must continue to function as they always had prior to the existence of theSecretariat.
“Tyranny will expire in our state. If the Nazi Regime could die in Germany, then this facsimile of such will die even much faster to the glory of God and liberty of Rivers State,”
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