2015: Jonathan disowns campaign posters

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From JULIANA TAIWO-OBALONYE, Abuja.

President Goodluck Jonathan has distanced himself from the campaign posters declaring his interest for the 2015 elections that flooded Abuja in the early hours of New Year Day.

He described those behind the posters as people “doing their own thing” and not acting as his agents.

The campaign posters, announcing Jonathan’s readiness to contest in 2015, greeted Nigerians in Abuja, at the dawn of the New Year.

The all-glossy posters, which were strategically posted in highbrow areas of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), did not, however, indicate the source or the sponsor of the advertisement.

The launch of the campaign posters contradicts the President’s claim that he has not yet decided on the 2015 poll, but concentrating his efforts on transforming Nigeria in line with the manifesto to give the people a ‘fresh air’.

The posters appeared across the major areas of 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 the posters, which had the President’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.”

But the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, told State House reporters said that the President is focused on delivering on his mandate for Nigerians and would not be distracted by the politics of 2015.

According to Abati: ‘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 these do not have the consent of the President.

“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.

“It has not come from the President.

“Nigerians should take the President for his word and ignore any other information to the contrary.”

The presidential spokesman stressed that Jonathan “has not launched any campaign.

“He believes that those doing that are playing games.

“There is no reason for the President to engage in any form of scaremongering.

“He has said that by 2014, his position on the 2015 presidential race would be made public.

“Nigerians should wait till then.”

On whether the President would dissuade those behind the posters to stop, Abati said: “Since the posters do not have the names of those promoting it, there is little the President can do.

“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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  2. Dele Odugbemi on

    He is free to re contest but Nigerian voters have the power to chose who lead them, so there is no need for Abati to deny the unfolding strategy of PDP and Jonathan supporters who are behind the pasting of posters on Jonathan readiness to re contest 2015 presidential elections.
    The opposition should buckle up for a well balanced contest in 2015.
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  4. who is fooling who??? so the president and his associates knew little or nothing about the posters and could not do anything about it…what if the posters read DEATH TO JONATHAN AND HIS FAMILY,NIGERIANS ARISE AND CONFRONT JONATHAN etc…..will the vagabonds in power not do any thing about it???…the fact is that the president is a clown and he has decided to surround himself with fellow clowns and sycophants….he is a dog that is destined for destruction that will not listen to any voice of reason….

  5. JONATHAN AND HIS MEN ARE BORN LIES THEY ARE LIKE THEIR FATHER SATAN,THE CHIEF LIAR,WHAT KIND OF MAN IS THIS JONATHAN?YOU STILL HAVE CLOSE TO TWO YEARS YET YOU ARE HEATING UP THE POLITY AGAINST YOUR OWN SELF,IS A PITY.
    HERE IN GHANA NANA AKOFU ADDO CAMPAIGN FOR 4 YEARS YET HE LOST TO JOHN MAHAMA WHO CAMPAIGN FOR JUST 40 DAYS AFTER DEATH OF HIS BOSS JOHN ATTA MILLS.
    LET JONATHAN ADD,OJUKWU,OPARA.IKEMBA,MBAKWE,NWAOBODO,KALU,OGBONNAYA ONU,OKOROCHA EVEN CHINEKE,HE WILL LOSE IBO LAND THIS TIME,ANYONE WHO TRY TO RIG FOR HIM WILL DO THAT WITH HIS BLOOD AND THAT OF HIS FAMILY,THIS IS THE POSITION OF SOUTHEAST POLITICAL ACTION GROUP OF NIGERIA

  6. NOW HE IS GOODLUCK AZIKIWE JONATHAN FROM GOODLUKY EBELE JONATHAN,ADDING IBO NAMES WILL NOT WASH THIS TIME,IMPERSONATION IS A CRIME,THE IGP SHOULD GET HIM ARRESTED NOW TO SAVE US FROM THIS CLUELESS AND VISION LESS MAN.

    • In my humble opinion I think This act is from an Igbo man. Yes, because bringing in Azikiwe’s name is something an Igbo man can do. Infarct, they are so desperate for an Igbo president which will not manifest. My suggestion is that Igbo people should change their characters at home and broad and then stops the majority and minority sentiment and view of Nigeria. Stops being lousy fraudulent (CRIME) then Nigerians will listen to them in this respect.

    • Mr Sampson and other Ibo brothers and sister castigating mr President. You dont adopt baseless aproaches to achieve your quest for Igbo presidency. The president has the constitutional right to have his posters flown every where in Nigeria.
      Forget and dont dream of a President from the Igbo extraction because the south east parades non performing Governors since 1999 owning to the rate of undevelopment of the geo-political zone, and when the slot of senate presidency was zoned to south east, almost all the senators from the zone tasted the seat of senate president.
      This is an indication, that my Ibo brothers are not yet ripe for the big job in Nigeria.
      Lets tell ourselves the truth.

  7. TO SAMPSON, YOU HAVE MADE ME TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE STILL HAVE SENSIBLE PEOPLE FROM THE SOUTHEAST NOT THE ONES THAT ARE CALLING AN IJAW MAN THEIR BROTHER WHILE THE IJAWS ARE NOT EVEN INTERESTED IN THEM. WE NEED A CREDIBLE LEADER IN NIGERIA INRESPECTIVE OF TRIBE AND RELIGION.

  8. THE LIES HAS JUST BEGUN, HOW ON EARTH WILL ABALTI HAS THE GUT TO SAY THAT HE HIMSELF AND THE PRESIDENCY DOES NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS? I SAID IT THAT 2013 WILL BE A YR THAT JOANTHAN WILL USE WHITE ELEPHANT PROJECTS TO SEEK SECOND TERM FROM NIGERIANS, BUT I AM SORRY FOR HIM BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN EXPOSED BEYOND REPAIRS, LET HIM JUST STOP USING IGBO NAME APPELETION TO LURE THE IGBOS, WE CAN NEVER BE ON HIS SIDE, NEVER AGAIN.

  9. IT IS A PITY THAT THE IGBOS THAT CAME OUT AND VOTED MASSIVELY FOR HIM HAVE BEEN ABANDONED WHILE HIS PEOPLE FROM THE SOUTH-SOUTH ARE WASTING MONEY ON CARNIVALS AND OTHER UNNECESSARY THINGS. IGBOS WAKE UP.

  10. I have advised D Lord’s B that igbos should have to go develop the strategy to become the president of naija and if not, they will be used and dumped….Jonah is taking advantage of the igbos and it is unfortunate. He is using the igbos to climb up and when it is time to support the igbo course, he will change gear and support the northerners..truth is bitter….The azikiwe that disappears when he became the president has reappear when he needed the igbo votes…the igbos should better allign with the progressive before it is too late..

    • My Brother, you are absolutely right. If you followed my posts in other national issues you would known my stand. But don’t mind these fools that call themselves Igbo leaders. If Jonathan likes let him become Azikiwe, Okpara or even Ikemba put together – he is a bastard failure. I am not just talking as an Igbo. Jonathan does not merit to even contemplate that office. All his Igbo acolytes would be disgraced with him. The fact is that there is a demon in that Aso Rock that plays the music of no vacancy to the sitting president; and all who danced to it were disgraced infamously- Gowaon disgraced in a coup after 9yrs; IBB dusgraced out of office; Abacha, disgraced; Even the ruthless OBJ disgraced after trying the third term bid. And now we have the most inept, usless, sensless, classroom teacher as President who thinks that taking up Igbo name will bribe Ndigbo. You said it that 2015 will be different – that people will fight to defend theirf votes. Jonathan will be disgraced out of office, whether he runs as independent or under PDP. Unfortunately, I know they started the campaign on Igbo land in Item when Pius Anyim, OBJ, Peter Obi, and the useless Senators plust useless Governor from Abia gathered to honour the most useless leaders we have ever had. My good friend just watch and see!

  11. please in the name of God, i know some of us on this forum are even Holier than Angels in heaven but stop insulting President GEJ. we must respect the office of Mr President. Jonathan is really working hard to liberate our country from the entanglement the past leaders put us into. Be properly guided p/s.

    • My brother it is Jonathan that has insulted exalted office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – the largest democracy in Africa, the mightiest ipower in the sub Saharan Africa. This man has no vision for Nigeria. He is not fit to be called President of Nigeria. He insults Ndigbo by taking up Azikiwe as though adoption of name would win sensible and enlightened generation of Igbos. Brother, think a while! So, Igbos are worth it afterall. Yet it was his brother Okilo that changed “Umu” to Rumu just to remove Igbo identity. Now for politcal expediency, he throws away Ebele and picks up Azikiwe. He will soon bastardize it Razikiwe. He does not know what governmance is all about. He should honorably return to classroom or to local Creek politics.

  12. The Jehovah our God knows the truth, but President Goodluck Jonathan have 100% right to go second tenor if he is willing to contest again. Nevertheless, go heaven and come back after President Goodluck Jonathan regime Na South -East being Original Igbo man will enter the presidential seat. The only truth there is both Hausa & Yoruba should respect their self because they have rule enough and we Nigerian don’t need either Hausa & Yoruba man as president for now until Igbo man Rule.

    • My brother not when our people are dancing around Jonathan now with plates in their hands singing his praise while powerful politicians are forming alliances to take over the power. It is Ndgibo’s turn. He knows that and that is why he wants to become an Igbo overnight. No, that is not possible. Ndigbo should wake up and save ourselves from this perpetual embarrassment. The Igbo politicians are insulting our sensibilities. They are making us laughing stock. Igbo youths wake up. Jonathan has indirectly told the wolrd that it is Ndigbo’s turn and he wants to hijack it. Umunna wake up!

  13. Ezi nwanne m, edemede gi mara mma nke ukwuu, GEJ choo iru oru na Ala-Igbo ya ruo, ya achoghizii ya hapu maka o nweghi ihe anya g’ahu ya a gbaa obara. kama ihe onye obula kwesiri i mata bu na mgba ndi Naijiria mara agba nke oma bu otu a ga esi megide Ndigbo. Ha kpachapuru anya gbuo Aguyi Ironsi nihi na obu onye Igbo, onye obula ma na aka Aguyi Ironsi di ocha. Kedu maka ogbugbu ahu ha gburu Ndigbo (Ndigbo onu ogugu ha kariri puku iri) na Ugwu Awusa nke akporo Pogrom. Gini ka Ndigbo mere ha oge ahu? Ndigbo o so Kaduna Nzeogwu mee kup? Oge Ojukwu na Ndigbo ozo nile gwara Gowon ka o kwusi ogbugbu ahu, kedu ihe Gowon mere? Gowon nele anya hu na ndi a na egbu bu ndi Igbo ya gbaa nkiti. Oge Aburi Acord, gini mere Gowon na ndi nke ya jiri ju na ha ekwehozi na ihe ekpekotara na Aburi oge ha lohachiri naijiria. Ha choputara na atumatu Ojukwu weputara ebe ahu ejiri kpebie okwu ga a dabara ndigbo. Ndigbo, unu lezie anya otu ha jiri hazie akwukwo-iwu Naijiria (Konstushion), unu ga achoputa na ha mere ya otu o ga e si megide anyi ma obu diri anyi njo, nke ka nke bu otu ha si mee ka i keputa steeti ohuru hara idi nfe, ebe o doro ha anya na Steeti Ndigbo ezughi ezu ka nke ndi ozo. O nweghi ihe ga eme ka onye Igbo buru onye isi-ala naijiria site na otu ha ji hazie akwukwo iwu a. kedu ndi ugwu, ndi ofenmanu ma obu Ndi mba mmiri ga ekwe tunyere onye Igbo votu.
    Ndigbo, so OTU IHE ga enyere anyi aka ugbua bu IJIKO onwe anyi onu. Ka anyi gbahara onwe anyi, ka anyi jiri amamihe ahu Chukwu jiri gozie anyi wee tua ezigbo atumatu roputa ezigbo ihe anyi ga eme. Ezi okwu, anyi ga enwe mmeri. Ka Chukwu gozie anyi nile. Afo a g’adiri anyi mma.

    I g’enweta m na: nkiti asato nkiti ato itolu ano nkiti asato otu itolu abuo

  14. Alhaji Dan-azumi Gana on

    Penmight ! you are an idiot, Is Hugo refering to you ? how does this concerns you ? are you Goodluck Jonathan ? big fool.

  15. We understand why nigerians are not happy as no progress to show up with.We all should wait2013 as GEJ has promised us all to kickstart the much expected goodies.We know GEJ has no foundation laid before him by our previous leaders but according to him”we have been laying foundation to start by2013.Therefore,we hope and wait to see.Again,Sampson,i do not agreed with you that”Ndigbo will not support GEJ”.We will support him with other nigerians so long he performs well before2015.Name does not matter and we(Ndigbo)will never go the same way our brothers in SS allowed themselves to be deceived by the same enemies of Ndigbo and our brothers in SS.I pray before2015,GEJ will have tangible progress to present to all Nigerians and asking for more time to do more.Ndigbo,SS,SW,NE,NW,NC should contribute as citizens to move Nigeria forward and not dismembering the state.Goodluck GEJ but performance is the magic we needed ok.

  16. pasteing the posters is an inedvitable thing. Wether done now or later, its the same, so we knw GEJ have plans to run in 2015. However, those people pasteing this should write his name and not ebele or azikiwe. Those are not his name. Igbos will not vote for him dis time, he knows that well. However, let me make it clear, the common igbo man dont care who is the president so far he is safe. The only safest way out is what the igbo nation is strategising now.

  17. That was why I so much admired our late president Yaradua, similar thing happened when he was there as our leader but came out strongly to warned those amala supporters. I expected GEJ to counter such shameful acts now. Pls u guys shouldn’t insult our president but u can only council him that is moral.

  18. Alhaji Dan azumi Gana, dont waste your energy on that bastard penmight. he thinks from his butt. his reasoning has failed him. he is like his stupid father rapist obasanjo.
    mother fucker penmight.

  19. Nigerian guys are toothless bull dog. Only noise making.
    Any of you who are qualified have got the right to contest.

    The posters may also be the handwriting of the opposition to highlight tension.

    There is no wisdom for Jonathan or his sponsors to start now heating tension even if he has the interest to contest again.

    Jonathan has not done enough to warrant him gaining nomination how much less winning election.

    Nigerians will say no to Jonathan even in his own state.

    His government is slow, dull and lazy. He is lucky to have ruled this country out of nothing and mess up.

  20. It shows how stupid this your so-called President is. Am so much ashamed to call Jonathan my president. Imagine a useless man who likens what is happening in North to the war in Syria. He said that they want him to run away from Abuja. Can you imagine such kind of stupid statements. Then he is Assad and should be told by his neo Colonial masters – the Yankees and Brits to honourably quit that office.Except that all of them in Abuja are kit and kins in corruption, otherwise those statments alone should have drawn the ire of the National Assembly. Jonathan is useless to Nigeria. He should go back to classroom. What has he even done for the Ijaws, except promot jamborees? Has he even made kidnapping to cease in his home town? Was it not Yar’dua’s kindness that led to the amnesty? Does he even know the implication of the addition of names as a serving officer? He should be investigated. David Mark and co should get into the honour role by calling forth the investigation of this man. He must be using forged certificate. Who was the real Ebele Jonathan? Now he is being manipulated by selfish Igbos, led by those whom he used to silence Nwodo, who said that PDP constittution granted the North the right to complete the Yar’dua’s term. We know them all. Jonathan, knows he does not have the political clout. He is just a puppet. The best he should simply do is to quit honourably because he’ll surely be disgraced. God have mercy on him that Buhari does not hijack that office come 2015. Otherwise he might be the first to go to prison. . He is playing the kind of music sweet to hardliners. Jonathan has begun digging his grave. Useless President.

  21. GEJ should work 4 Nigerians and stop all these long stories.Is he their for political reasons or to fulfill his promises to his mother land.Somebody should advice him,since has no adviser

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