Ahead of the start of campaigns for the 2023 elections in September, the Anambra State government banned the posting of posters on bridges and road markings along streets.
The state also banned the posting of campaign posters on streetlights; roundabouts and other public buildings and places.
These were set out in a press release signed by the Managing Director of signage and advertising agency Anambra, Tony Odili Ujubuonu.
In the statement made available to reporters on Saturday, Ujubuonu directed presidential candidates to pay 10 million naira, senatorial candidates 7 million naira, the federal house of representatives to pay 5 million naira and the house of assembly national at 1 million naira.
Ujubuonu said the payments would make them eligible to put up their campaign posters in the state.
According to him, such materials in the form of advertisement such as posters, public address system, banners, flyers, banners, T-shirts, caps and sundries should be fully paid and approved by the authority. state government license before being displayed for public consumption in the state.
He also ordered that the payment be made to the government’s revenue account before sticking it anywhere, noting that politicians who fail to face legal action before the election.
The statement read in part: “As campaigning for the 2023 general election officially begins next month, in September, the Anambra State Signage and Publicity Agency in charge of all forms of publicity in the State wishes to inform you of important information;
“This collage of posters on bridges, road markings; streetlights, roundabouts and public buildings remain prohibited;
“That all campaign materials and publicity forms such as posters, PA systems, banners, flyers, banners, T-shirts, caps and sundries must be duly approved after full payment of fees required ;
“That each billboard must be displayed through a registered advertising practitioner after the advertising content has been approved by APCON.”
According to the statement, statutory costs for outdoor media and mobile advertising have been set at N100,000 for 48-sheet billboards, N500,000 for spectacular billboards, 500,000 gantry displays; N100,000 for irregular shaped billboards; N50,000 for a branded vehicle; and N5,000 for the Keke rear mark, respectively.