APGA Chieftain: N9m Fee For Campaign Poster Is Dictatorial And Punitive

APGA Chieftain: N9m Fee For Campaign Poster Is Dictatorial And Punitive N9m Fee For Campaign Poster Is Dictatorial And Punitive

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.

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