2023: INEC warns states against charging exorbitant prices for posters, billboards
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has warned state governors against exorbitant charges for posters, billboards and campaign activities in their states.
It would be recalled that Anambra State Signage and Advertising Agency (ANSAA) had announced that political parties must pay N10 million for erecting billboards and posters for the presidential campaign while senatorial, House of Representatives and state house of assemblies are to pay N7 million, N5 million and N1 million respectively for billboards.
“I will like to draw attention to section 95(2). In the past, so many political parties have complained. The section makes it illegal for the apparatus of the state—meaning the power of incumbency to be used for the advantage or disadvantage of any political party or candidate, including the denial of the use of state facilities, public media houses, charges for outdoor advertising especially signages and billboards. The law also prescribes fines for infractions,” Mr Yakubu said.
The governor of the state, David Umahi, reacting to the disruption by the police, claimed that the government had asked the organisers of the rally to pay a small token to use the state-owned stadium.
“For record purposes, the relevant government agencies had approved the use of Abakaliki township stadium for a rally by the Labour Party subject to the payment of some specified fees,” he said in a press statement.
Some of the candidates that attended the signing were the Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi of the Labour Party, and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).