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Presidency distances Jonathan from campaign posters

By Daniel Idonor  

THE Presidency has distanced Acting President Goodluck Jonathan from presidential campaign posters that have flooded major streets of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and urged members of the public, particularly friends and associates of the acting president, to disregard the posters.

Some yet to be identified members of a youth organisation in Abuja had, on Thursday night, swooped on major streets of the FCT, pasting bright-coloured posters on every available space within the Federal Capital City (FCC).

Residents of Abuja metropolis, on Friday morning,woke to behold the sharp coloured posters in strategic locations within the city, with the inscription “Jonathan For President 2011” at the top, while below Jonathan’s portrait is another inscription “Jonathan Stands for Positive Hope”

Also boldly written on the posters is the name and address of the group, “Northern Movement for Positive Change, No. 161, Zone C, Apo Resettlement Area, Garki”, with telephone numbers “08033985065, 08065266898 and 08098944471.”

But a statement entitled, “Those Posters are Distraction”, issued by the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, to the Acting President, Mr Ima Niboro, dismissed the campaign strategy, saying it is a distraction to the acting president.”

“The attention of the acting president has been drawn to the “Jonathan for 2011″ posters which appeared in Abuja yesterday (Friday). He views this development as a distraction from the crucial requirements of the nation at this time”, the statement said.

According to the statement, the immediate priority of the acting president is to attend to the prevalent challenges of inadequate energy and power supply to Nigerians, as well as conducting free and fair general elections come 2011.

While calling on all well-meaning Nigerians to support government’s current efforts geared towards moving the country to the next level, the acting president spokesman said, “We ask those behind them (posters) to desist forthwith. The challenges the nation faces are daunting enough and we must not play


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