Nigeria’s President Jonathan disowns re-election posters in Abuja

By IndepthAfrica
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Jan 3rd, 2013
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President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday denied approving posters campaigning for his presidency in 2015 in Abuja.
He said that those behind the posters were only doing their own thing.

Reuben Abati, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, who spoke on the emergence of Jonathan for 2015 posters, declared that the “president is focused on delivering on his mandate for Nigerians and would not be distracted by the politics of 2015”.

He stated that the posters have not come from the president, adding, “Nigerians should take the president for his word and ignore any other information to the contrary”.

The posters on 2015 presidential election recently hit the streets of Abuja shortly after the New Year holiday.

One of the posters actually has President Goodluck Jonathan’s portrait with a message of ‘2015: No vacancy in Aso Rock. Let’s do more. One good term deserves another. Support Dr. Goodluck Azikiwe Jonathan for 2015 Presidency’.

He, however, said the president would not take any measure to halt further display of the posters since, according to him, “the posters do not have the names of those promoting it; there is little the president can do”.

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”.

“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”.

According to him, “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”.

He said the president has not launched any campaign, noting that there is no reason for the president to engage in any form of scaremongering, since he has said that by 2014 his position on the 2015 presidential race would be made public.

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