Edo State Government has placed a total ban on all political rallies, demonstrations or procession in any part of the state.
Secretary to the Edo State Government, Osarodion Ogie, announced the ban in a statement on Friday.
The government directed all security agencies to deal firmly with anyone who breaches the order no matter how highly placed.
A faction of the party in the state which has the backing of the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, had fixed Friday for a rally to receive defectors into the party without the blessing of Governor Godwin Obaseki and the party’s state chairman, Anselm Ojezua.
Governor Obaseki travelled on Tuesday with President Buhari to Egypt on national assignment and they are expected to return on Friday.
Mr Ogie, however, said the state government had made its position clear that the “plans by some identified mischief-makers to organise an unauthorised political rally in Benin City was capable of leading to a breakdown of public peace and also danger to the persons and property of Edo citizens.”
The government warned property owners that any venue which is used for activities in breach of this order would have its right of occupancy immediately revoked and forfeited to the state government.