A leading politician in Anambra, Mr Oseloka Obaze has criticised the N9 million signage fee for campaign posters fixed by Anambra Signage and Advertisement Agency (ANSAA).
The agency had fixed N3 million fee per senatorial zone for politicians who wish to display their campaign posters for the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
In a statement in Awka on Thursday, Obaze, who was an APGA governorship aspirant in the 2014 poll, said the fee was punitive and a hindrance to the freedom of expression.
He said his view derived from consultations with lawyers and advertisement experts on the implications of the guideline.
“Our attention has been drawn to the recent disclosure by ANSAA that Anambra intends to compel all aspirants in the 2017 governorship election to pay N9 million each to the state government for putting up campaign posters.
“It is noteworthy that while the charges are presumably aimed at improving internally generated revenue, they are also punitive and aimed at mitigating free campaign activities and freedom of expression.
“There is also an element of conflict of interest involved as well as shifting the goal post in the middle of the game,” Obaze, who is the immediate past Secretary to Anambra State Government, said.