Anambra 2017 Guber Poll: Aspirants to pay N9 million for posters on bill board

Anambra 2017 Guber Poll: Aspirants to pay N9 million for posters on bill board

By Larry Onwuta

As political parties continued to oil their machineries towards 2017 Anambra gubernatorial election, the Managing Director of Anambra State Signage and Advertisement Agency (ANSAA) Mr Jude Emecheta has directed aspirants in the state to pay the sum of N9 million each that would serve as fee for pasting posters and bill boards in the state.

Emecheta while briefing Journalists about the development in Awka said the payment of the fee was sacrosanct, as it would be used to clean-up the environment which would be littered with posters after the election.

 He said that any political party aspirants who failed to comply with the directive would have his/her bill board or posters removed and would face wrath of the law.

In his words, “The N9 million fee on each political party aspirants for Nov. 18 governorship election in the state for poster pasting and bill board erection in public places will be used to clean-up and repaint the city after election.

“The agency will ensure that posters and other campaign materials did not deface strategic locations in the state and advised that election materials are pasted rightly to avoid defacing the state.

“No election posters are permitted to be pasted on public building, traffic lights, poles and round-about. Politicians should direct their aides to paste their campaign materials at the approved backing boards to avoid prosecution.

“The aim of the imposed fee is not to witch-hunt any political party aspirant but simply to ensure that things are done well and in a manner that befits modern political environment,’’ he said.

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Reformist findings indicated that this imposed fee order had continued to attract negative comments from political parties and stakeholders with most of them describing the fee as “illegal and outrageous’’.

The State Chairman of All Progressive Congress, APC, in Anambra State, Mr Emeka Ibe said the fee was exploitative, outrageous and would be resisted in the court of law.

In the same vine, the State Chairman of Progressive People’s Alliance (PPA), Mr Mattias Emeka claimed that the agency was afraid of the incumbent losing the upcoming Nov. 18, 2017 election, according to him; they believe that intimidation would serve as an instrument to achieve their desired goals.

“We can assure the agency that we will reject the order because it is unconstitutional and was aimed at edging people out of the race,’’ he said.

Mrs Angelina Okoye a politician said that the order was uncalled for and urged the agency not to pollute the polity with unnecessary levy, stating that fair playing ground should be given to all political parties in the state and advised the agency to shun any act that may cause chaos, during or before the election.

 

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