The Rivers State Government has threatened to seal the Accord Party secretariat in Port Harcourt, the state capital, for violating Executive Order 22 recently implemented by the state governor, Nyesom Wike.
Omadaily reports that the Rivers government accused the Accord Party (AP) of changing the use of a property located at No 5 Ndoni Street in the GRA area of Port Harcourt from residential to semi-public.
The government said the move by the party violates Article 43 of the Land Use Regulation 2010 of the River State Official Gazette No. 1 Volume 48 of 25th January 2012 and Executive Order 22 of 2022.
The state, in a notice signed by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Austin Ben-Chioma, said that changing the use of the property to a secretariat without a permit from the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development was not the appropriate thing to do.
Omadaily recalls that the state government had recently passed into Law Executive Order Number 22 restricting the use of residential buildings in the state as party offices by political parties.
The order states that a permit must be sort from the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development before such a move is allowed.
Omadaily understands that Ben-Chioma addressed the issue with the party chairman in the state and ordered that the property be returned to the original use of being a residence or risk being sealed off.
The government stated that unilateral change of use of the building constitutes a nuisance to residents and other users in the area.
The ministry gave the party seven days’ ultimatum to revert to the initial use of the property or risk being sealed off.
Confirming the notice, a member of the Media Sub-Committee of the party campaign council in Rivers State said that the party has received the message and will respond in due course.