The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has given approval for the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt to host a rally for the All Progressives Congress Presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.
The rally, scheduled for February 15th, will take place despite the N5 million payment requirement stated in Wike’s Executive Order 21, which governs the use of public schools and other government properties for political events.
The payment is a caution fee in the event that attendees cause damage to the facilities.
Tony Okocha, a member of the APC Presidential campaign team in the state, confirmed the waiver and praised the governor’s generosity.
The original request for the use of Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium was declined due to the stadium being used by Rivers United Football Club for Premier League matches and undergoing renovations for CAF matches.
In a letter signed by the Commissioner of Sports, Christopher Green, the governor approved the use of Gowon Stadium for the rally after the APC wrote to the state, expressing their willingness to pay for the use of the venue in accordance with Order 21.