Ebonyi Governor, David Umahi, has ordered the All Progressives Congress (APC) to pay a fine of N5 million for contravening the provisions of the state’s Executive Order 3 of 2022.Executive Order 3 prohibits political parties from using public places such as schools, parks, and markets for political activities without seeking and obtaining due clearance from the state government.The order, signed by the governor in November, also prohibits political parties from using critical infrastructures for posting posters without obtaining state’s clearance,The order for the fine imposed on APC is contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Uchenna Orji, yesterday, in Abakaliki.He said Umahi was saddened by parties’ continuous posting of posters on electric poles, meridians, concrete roads, and on bridges.“These parties include the APC, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the Labour Party (LP) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).“When APC flagged off its presidential and governorship campaigns in the state, it littered the infrastructures with posters and that made other political parties to follow suit.“Most of the critical infrastructure have been littered with posters against the laws of the state government and the executive order regarding the posting of posters and billboards,’’ Orji said in the statement.Orji noted that Umahi had consequently decided to use his political party, the APC to set example as a deterrent to others.“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 in all media platforms, including the social media before December 31 or risk paying a default fee of 50 million,’’ he said.Umahi also ordered the APC to remove all posters, posted on infrastructures before December 31.“The governor has decided to forgive all other political parties and appeal to them to remove their posters on critical infrastructures before December 31.“They are to desist forthwith from defacing our facilities or face 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 posting of posters on critical infrastructure,’’ he said.Orji said Umahi had banned all street campaigns in the state.

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