Politics

2023: Soludo taxes Obi, Atiku, Tinubu, others N10m each for campaign posters

Politics

Tony Okafor, Awka

All presidential candidates wishing to publish/paste their posters anywhere in Anambra State for the purposes of the 2023 General Elections must pay N10m, the Anambra State Government has said.

This was contained in a public notice
signed by the MD/CEO of Anambra Signage and Advertising Agency(ANSAA), Tony Odili Ujubuonu obtained by our Correspondent on Sunday.

The presidential candidates in the 2023 polls include: Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu ( APC), Mr Peter Obi( Labour Party), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (PDP), Retired Justice Peter Umeadi ( APGA), Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso ( NNPP), among others.

The government in the release stated that presidential candidates are mandated to pay N10m, Senatorial Candidate N7m ; Federal House of Representatives N5m; and State House of Assembly N1m to be eligible to paste their campaign posters.

Also, the Statutory costs for out of home media and mobile advertising were pegged at N100,000 for 48 sheets billboards, N500,000 for Spectacular billboards, N500,000 Gantry displays; N100,000 for irregular shaped billboard; N50,000 for branded vehicle; and N5,000 for Keke rear branding, respectively.

According to the ANSAA public notice,
the Anambra State government has also bannee the use of posters on bridges and road demarcations along the streets of the state.

It also said the pasting of campaign posters on street light poles; round-about and other public buildings had been prohibited.

The notice said materials in advert forms such as posters, public address system, banners, fliers, bunting, T-shirts, caps and sundries must be fully paid for and approved by the government authorities before they would be displayed for public consumption in the state.

It directed that the payment of posters be made to the government revenue account before pasting anywhere, noting that politicians who default in the payments woukd face legal prosecution before election.

The statement read in part: “As campaign for 2023 general election officially commences next month, September; Anambra State Signage and Advertisement Agency (ANSAA), in charge of all forms of Advertising in the state wishes to bring some important information to your notice.

“That posting of posters on bridges, road demarcations; street light poles, round-abouts and public buildings remain prohibited.

“That every campaign material and advert forms such as posters, public address systems, Banners, Fliers, Buntings, T-shirts, caps and sundries must be duly approved for after full payment of the requisite fee.

“That every billboard must be displayed through a registered advertising practitioner after the advertising content has been vetted by the APCON”

Ifeizu

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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