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2023: APC chieftain Kingsley Weli exposes Wike's hypocrisy

A Chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC,Rivers State Kingsley Wenenda Weli

A Chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC,Rivers State Kingsley Wenenda Weli

By Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

A chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers Kingsley Wenenda Weli, has said Governor Nyesom Wike has no moral right to restrict use of facilities of government owned schools and other public places for political Campaigns because he fought against similar restrictions when he was campaigning to take over the state in 2015

The APC chieftain who is also a legal practitioner made the assertion while speaking on wide range of issues affecting politics and political campaigns in Rivers State during a chat with a cross section of journalists in Port Harcourt.

Weli, a popular political activist, however, cautioned politicians threatening to use violence to challenge Governor Wike’s Executive Order 21 that bans use of public places like schools for campaign without permission to explore the due process of law.

Wike had, through the controversial Executive Order 21 imposed the payment of N5 million as caution fee for use of facilities of public primary schools for political campaigns.

Weli recalled that Wike resisted attempt by former Governor Rotimi Amaechi to stop him and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from using the Adokiye Amasiemeka stadium in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital (then still under construction) for campaigns in 2015.

He recalled that Wike had rejected the move as an illegality and had, with the assistance of federal forces led by the then Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu, broke all the barriers to the stadium.

The APC chieftain recalled that Wike subsequently used the stadium for his campaign with the then President Goodluck Jonathan in attendance.

He said Wike now as Governor and a life- Bencher in Nigerian Judiciary cannot now enforce what he fought against in 2015.

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“Governor Wike cannot approbate and reprobate at the same time. Wike had his way because he had cashed on the fact the stadium was built with the public funds had Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu who provided security cover. So if the police provides security, the Governor will have no powers to stop the use of any public facilities.”.

But Weli also said opposition political parties are right in their assumption that the restrictions imposed by the Governor at a time the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC directed politicking to start across the country was to emasculate them to give undue advantage to candidates of his party,PDP.

He said “As long as Public schools belong to the public,all the Politicians and political parties need to do is to make an application to Commissioner of Police requesting the use of any public schools and provide security”.

Weli said statutorily,the Commissioner of Police in the state is supposed to grant permissions and provide the needed security.And once that permission was sought and granted the opposition political parties have legal right to go ahead with their campaigns.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has never placed ban on use of the Federal Highways because it was built by the federal government”.

APC chieftain advised Politicians to always take the pains to explore the options of provided by the rule of Law by testing laws in Courts of competent jurisdiction.

He pointed that the Commissioner of Police, who is the Chief law Enforcement Officer in state is supposed to grant permissions and provide the needed security after interfacing with Principal, Headmaster or Headmistress of any school so selected.

Weli also insisted that when the democratic processes fail, then the opposition political parties can then challenge the ban and Order 21 in Court.

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