Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on Wednesday warned politicians in the state against disobeying his Executive Orders 21 and 22, vowing that whoever tries it would end up in jail.
Speaking while inaugurating the Ahoada-Omoku dual carriageway at the Ahoada State School in. Ahoada East Local Government Area, he said the Executive Orders were designed to prohibit political parties, including the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), from using public school premises for their political rallies without requisite approval and payment of N5million non-refundable security fee.
The governor noted that some politicians were already boasting that with the Army and Police on their side, the Executive Orders were inconsequential and that they would disobey them.
Wike dared such politicians to disobey the orders and see if they would not be jailed.
He said: “I didn’t say nobody should use primary and secondary schools for campaigns.
“All I have said is if you want to use primary and secondary schools for your campaigns, you deposit money.
“This is so that when you’ve used the place and spoil anything in the school, government will use the money to repair those things you spoilt and clean up the school.
“There are those who say that they would disobey and no person will do anything.
“If you do disobey, you know where you will be.”
The governor explained that the Executive Orders sought to regulate the conduct of political activities to curb nuisances and promote public peace.
He said: “Some people put their campaign offices in where people are living.
“Somebody is coming back to his house, he can’t enter his house.
“Why? Because they are holding political meetings.
“We say this thing has to be regulated. It has to be in a none residential area.
“They say they will not, I say you will. If you dare it without approval, you’ll go to jail.”