The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar’s campaign headquarters in Rivers State has been shut down.
The action, according to the Rivers State PDPpresidential campaign council, was taken on the state government’s instructions.
Early on Friday morning, the office, which is situated in GRA Port Harcourt, was blocked off.
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike had a few weeks ago signed Executive Order 22 which prohibits the citing of campaign offices by political parties in residential areas without government approval.
But the media team of the PDP PCC, Rivers State, said it had applied for approval from the state government but has not received any feedback for several weeks.
The group, therefore, condemned the “act because it rubs off on our fundamental right to free expression of interest.”
It also said: “This egregious move by the Rivers State Government, 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.”