Anambra gov aspirants to pay N9m each for posters
The Anambra State Signage and Advertisement Agency, on Monday, said governorship aspirants in the state would pay N9m each before they could be allowed to display their posters in any part of the state.
The agency threatened to sue any aspirant, who contravenes the regulation.
The Managing Director of ANSAA, Mr. Jude Emecheta, stated this while speaking with journalists in Awka, the state capital.
Emecheta, who said the law did not permit indiscriminate pasting of posters, added that aspirants must pay before displaying their posters.
He said, “The agency will need money to clean up the mess generated by such posters after the election.”
A governorship aspirant who spoke on condition of anonymity, described the government pronouncement as “unconscionable”.
He stated, “At the appropriate time, we shall challenge the so-called law. Instead of them to say ‘if you challenge Obiano in the election, you pay N9m’, they are talking this rubbish.
“All aspirants must be given unfettered opportunity in the contest; nobody will be allowed to set unconscionable conditions in the race.
“Anambra State Government is not INEC that sets guidelines in election. The constitution is the supreme law of the land and nobody can change it with domestic and obnoxious laws.”
Emecheta added that a public enlightenment on the modalities for putting up election posters would begin in February, which he explained, would let politicians know that they would not be allowed to paste election posters on public buildings, electric poles, bridges, road dividers and roundabouts.
He said the agency would direct politicians and their supporters to where to paste election materials.
The ANSAA boss said, “It’s a quasi-criminal offence for any person not to pay government revenue. Any politician, who fails to pay their bills before making campaign posters public, would have the agency to contend with in the court of law.
“So, we are telling politicians ‘don’t say Willie Obiano is pursuing you or APGA is chasing you around’. Do the needful to avoid prosecution.”
He directed politicians, who wished to put up billboards, to go through registered advertising agencies in the state, noting that no poster or election material of the incumbent governor would be pasted without payment.