By Soni Daniel, Regional Editor, North
As Nigerians celebrate Christmas, campaigners for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election in 2015 have invaded Abuja with campaign posters, drumming for support for the President.
Findings by Vanguard revealed that the posters with the picture of President Jonathan beaming a broad smile and saluting Nigerians, were planted in strategic places in the FCT on Christmas Eve.
Most residents woke up and saw the posters on their walls and malls not knowing who placed them there and why.
Unlike the previous posters of the president, which were placed in the high brow areas of Asokoro and Maitama, the ones that hit the capital city on Christmas Day, were mostly concentrated in Garki and the the suburbs of Abuja.
One of the posters read: “Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year” and signed by an unknown group called ‘The Nigeria Mandate 2015′.
Reacting to the development, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, told Vanguard that President Jonathan had not mandated any individual or group to place the posters on his behalf.
Abati pointed out that since the President had not publicly announced his political decision for 2015, it would be improper for him to begin to post his posters for 2015.
“The President does not know anything about the posters, which are being displayed in the cities,”Abati said.
“Someone had earlier called from Port Harcourt to enquire about those who placed them and I told them the truth that the publicity materials did not emanate from the Presidency. We don’t know anything about them,” the presidential spokesman said.
President Jonathan has repeatedly said that it is too early in the life of the administration to begin to campaign for re-election in 2015.
He maintains that it is better for him to concentrate on the provision of service to Nigerians rather than dissipate energy on an election that is still far away.
The president, who is facing stiff opposition from the north over a second term, is expected to unfold his re-election programme early next year.
Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu, has challenged Jonathan to respect an agreement he reached with Northern political leaders to run for a term but he has not been able to produce a copy of the agreement till date.