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President won't order removal of campaign posters, says Abati

By The Citizen
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Despite dissociating himself from the 2015 campaign posters, littering the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), President Goodluck Jonathan  has insisted that it was not his job to order the removal of the posters.

The President placed the responsibility on the regulatory bodies charged with the control of campaigns and advertisement.

The Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, who spoke in an interview with the State House correspondents, said it was not in the place of the President to give orders for the removal of the posters.

Reacting to suggestions that the President should order the removal of the posters if they are actually a distraction,  Abati explained that those charged with the responsibility of ensuring order in society should be allowed to carry out the necessary investigations on the matter and make sure that it did not pose any threat to public law and order.

Campaign posters announcing President Goodluck Jonathan's readiness to contest the 2015 presidential election were on Wednesday pasted across major spots in Abuja, the nation's capital.

The presidency later in the day, dissociated itself from the campaign posters, saying 'those who are behind it are not acting as the president's agents.'

The presidential spokesperson on Thursday, reiterated that the President had not launched any campaign and was not behind the posters that adorn the streets in Abuja.

The all-glossy posters which were strategically pasted in some areas of the FCT were posted courtesy of the South-South People's Action Group.