By Daniel IdonorÂ Â
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 â€œJonathan For President 2011â€ at the top, while below Jonathanâ€™s portrait is another inscription â€œJonathan Stands for Positive Hopeâ€
Also boldly written on the posters is the name and address of the group, â€œNorthern Movement for Positive Change, No. 161, Zone C, Apo Resettlement Area, Garkiâ€, with telephone numbers â€œ08033985065, 08065266898 and 08098944471.â€
But a statement entitled, â€œThose Posters are Distractionâ€, 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.â€
â€œThe attention of the acting president has been drawn to the â€œJonathan 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 timeâ€, 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 governmentâ€™s current efforts geared towards moving the country to the next level, the acting president spokesman said, â€œWe ask those behind them (posters) to desist forthwith. The challenges the nation faces are daunting enough and we must not play