N9m poster fee: Gov candidates battle Anambra agency
The Anambra State Signage and Advertisement Agency on Tuesday insisted that for any of the governorship candidates in the November 18 poll to paste their campaign posters in any part of the state they must pay N9m each to the agency.
The Managing Director of ANSAA, Mr. Jude Emecheta, stated this in a press briefing in Awka, the state capital.
He accused political parties and their candidates especially those of the Peoples Democratic Party, All Progressives Congress and the United Progressive Party of violating the rule, adding that the agency would compel them to comply.
In their separate reactions, the PDP and PPA governorship candidates in the state, Messrs Oseloka Obaze and Godwin Ezeemo, respectively, described the poster levy as unconscionable and illegal.
They said they would challenge the policy in court, saying it was a ploy to enhance the chances of incumbent Governor Willie Obiano in the November 18 governorship poll.
But Emechata said, “ANSAA laws are clear on issues pertaining to regulation and control of signage and outdoor structures with a view to modernising, standardising and regulating streetscape so as to benefit the state citizens and visitors alike.
“The law states clearly that the agency has the powers to regulate and control advertising and advertisement business of the state in all aspects and ramifications. Since its creation in 2010, it has faithfully, diligently and dutifully kept to its statutory responsibilities and has greatly guaranteed sanity, decency and ethical practices in the sector. The aspirants are supposed to pay N9m each before they could be allowed to display their posters.”Punch