This Day (Lagos)

3 January 2013

Nigeria: Jonathan Disowns 2015 Campaign Posters

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President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday dissociated himself from the circulation of posters campaigning for a fresh term for him in 2015.

Jonathan, through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, told State House correspondents that those behind the pasting of the posters in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were only doing so for their own selfish reasons.

Many of such posters were pasted on many facilities in the FCT, particularly in areas such as the ECOWAS Secretariat in Asokoro, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Secretariat in Wuse 5 and the Central Business District, where major offices are situated.

One of such posters, which had Jonathan's portrait, reads: "2015: No vacancy in Aso Rock. Let's do more. One good term deserves another. Support Dr. Goodluck Azikiwe Jonathan for 2015 Presidency".

The president urged Nigerians to ignore the posters and those behind the campaign, stressing that his main concern was how to improve the lives of Nigerians, majority of who voted him into office in 2011.

The president, Abati stated, was not willing to be dragged into the issue of who will run for what position in 2015 and he would not be distracted by the politics of 2015.

He said the posters had not come from the president, urging Nigerians to take the president for his word that he would speak on 2015 at the right time.

"Those pasting the posters are trying to express their own view. The president had stated that he would talk about the presidency from 2014. Those doing this do not have the consent of the president.

"What is most important now is for the president to deliver on his electioneering promises to Nigerians and not to embark on the pasting of posters," he added.

According to him, the sponsors of the campaign were playing games, as there was no reason for the president to engage in any form of underground campaigning.

On whether the president will issue a directive against such a practice, Abati said: "We do not know those behind the posters so the president cannot do anything. Our appeal is that those behind this should allow the president concentrate on the job at hand. The president's main pre-occupation now is to continue to provide service and quality leadership."

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