Nasarawa: Bill­boards ga­lore as 2019 nears

Weekly Trust - - News / Feature - A 15-feet poster Ibra­heem Hamza Muham­mad A gi­ant poster in Lafia Ibra­heem Hamza Muham­mad Posters in one of the po­lit­i­cal party of­fices

The 2019 gen­eral elec­tions are just two months away and cam­paigns are on. In Nasarawa State, politi­cians vy­ing for dif­fer­ent of­fices and their sup­port­ers have been pro­duc­ing and erect­ing large posters in the state.

It is a bat­tle for space to place mas­sive posters in Nasarawa State; from the bound­ary of Abuja with the state, oth­er­wise called “Chek­ing Point”, to Lafia, the state cap­i­tal, and all around the state.

Some of the posters which ad­ver­tised can­di­dates for the pri­maries of the par­ties have not been re­moved long after the own­ers lost out, and now that the gen­eral elec­tions are around the cor­ner, more posters are be­ing pasted, which have de­faced many pub­lic sign­posts.

While the politi­cians spend lots of money to erect these bill­boards, print­ers and com­puter cen­tres are smil­ing to the bank.

The gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date of Kowa Party in the state, Ar­chi­tect Suleiman, said, “I paid N140,000 for 100 copies of A1 size and N90,000 for 1,000 copies of A2. I have pro­duced 10,000 copies of posters and hired 10 peo­ple in each ward at N10,000 to 15,000 to paste them.”

The posters and bill­boards of the PDP gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date, Dave Um­bugadu aka Dave­mat­ics, are of three types: one has his pic­tures with a cap placed on his fore­head, an­other has his pic­tures look­ing on a crown and the other is his life size por­trait in blaz­ers.

The posters of a for­mer Deputy Gover­nor and for­mer Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and two times gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date of APGA, Mr. Labaran Maku, in brown tra­di­tional caf­tans show him look­ing at his wrist­watch, with the slo­gan: “Time”.

A for­mer Mem­ber of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Sen. Mrs. Pa­tri­cia Ak­washiki, who con­tested in the PDP gov­er­nor­ship pri­mary but lost, de­camped to an­other party, and has her posters with her pic­tures in tra­di­tional at­tires with large multi-coloured head­gears de­pict­ing a woman who has ar­rived.

One of the large posters is that of a young politi­cian adorned with so many slo­gans, among which is; “Not Too Young to Run”, and he is con­test­ing for a seat in the Se­nate.

One thing of in­ter­est in Nasarawa State is that the peo­ple along the roads erect struc­tures in front of their farm houses and wait for politi­cians to hire the spa­ces and paint their mes­sages so­lic­it­ing for votes.

Mean­while, a paint artist, Fri­day Ayuba, said he charged N150,000 for a six by four coloured paint for politi­cians and that he com­pleted the job in two days, adding that he had been busy re­cently be­cause of the de­mand for his work.

The Man­ager of New Her­itage Com­put­ers, a com­pany in Mainaira Plaza on Shen­dam Road in Lafia, Ab­dul­hadi Tauhid May­owa, said, “The largest posters cost N17,880 and the small­est N350; which is called flier.”

The Man­ager of Jades Pic­tures in Laifa, Mr. Light Auta, said, “We have cus­tomers in Nasarawa State, but most pre­fer to go to Abuja be­cause they want to show off. But we make ex­tra money from women politi­cians who come and snap pic­tures and select the best and or­der

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