3 January 2013

Nigeria: Jonathan Disowns 2015 Campaign Posters

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President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, disassociated himself from the campaign posters which flooded the streets of Abuja and depicting the flag off of his 2015 presidential bid.

He said that those who pasted the posters were not his agents and were therefore not authorised to do what they did.

The all-gloss campaign posters heralding President Jonathan’s intention to contest the 2015 presidential election which were strategically and deliberately posted in conspicuous areas of the Federal Capital Territory on New Year’s Day did not carry names of the sponsors.

The launch of the campaign materials, if authorised, contradicted the President’s claim that he had not yet decided on the 2015 poll as he was concentrating effort on transforming Nigeria in line with his manifesto to give the people a ‘fresh air’.

Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, the president noted that his major concern for now was to deliver on his mandate and should not be distracted by the politics of 2015.

Abati said, “Those pasting the posters are trying to express their own view. The president had stated that he will talk about the presidency from 2014. Those doing these do not have the consent of the president. What is most important now is for the president to deliver on his electioneering promise to Nigerians and not to embark on the pasting of posters.

“It has not come from the president. Nigerians should take the president on his word and ignore any other information to the contrary.  The president has not launched any campaign; he believes that those doing that are playing games. There is no reason for the president to engage in any form of scaremongering. He has said that by 2014 his position on the 2015 presidential race would be made public. Nigerians should wait till then”.

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