Jonathan under fire over his “2015: No Vacancy in Aso Rock!” campaign posters

Jonathan’s 2015 posters

Jonathan’s 2015 posters. Photo by: Newsdiary

Opposition parties on Wednesday took a swipe at President Goodluck Jonathan over 2015 campaign posters, which have flooded Abuja since the beginning of this year.

This is coming amid the president’s and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) denial of the posters.

The posters, which had covered main areas of the FCT and the satellite towns, read: “2015: No vacancy in Aso Rock. Let’s do more.”… “One good term deserves another; support Dr. Goodluck Azikiwe Jonathan for 2015 presidency.”

However, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and the Conference of Political Parties (CNPP) have criticized the second term campaigners.

The CPC in a statement by Engr Rotimi Fashakin, its national publicity secretary said “If Dr Jonathan is interested in contesting the Presidency in 2015, we say, “why not?” However, what is of grave concern is the portent of the posters: ‘No vacancy in Aso-rock in 2015.”

The CPC spokesman proceeded to outline what it called pertinent questions questions thereafter thus: “Is this the language of Democratic practice?”

“Is there not a fundamental defect in our Political system where supposed leaders transform into Monsters?”

“Have we not trodden this pathway before in which another leader- of the same political stock as this President – declared an election a ‘do or die’ process?”

“Is he President likely to shed off civility and put on the garb of African leaders – in recent history – that have shown desperation in their final descent from power?”

“Is this not an early warning that results of the 2015 Presidential election have been written and kept in wrap just for the ‘formal’ announcement?”

“ Is this a feverish response (by) the Presidency of the impending merger of the major opposition Parties?”

“Is this a way of unduly overheating the polity, as an excuse for unleashing a very capricious onslaught on the opposition?”

ANPP’s National Publicity Secretary, Emma Eneukwu said: “There is nothing wrong in President Goodluck Jonathan displaying his posters for 2015 presidential election. May be he feels that he has done well enough to test his popularity in the country again. But Nigerians won’t be fooled the second time. The sentiment of fresh air, which was apparently his campaign slogan in 2011, turned out to be very hot air and suffocating Nigerians. Jonathan has little occupying his mind but a second term. Nigerians are watching.”

CNPP National Publicity Secretary Osita Okechukwu said: “President Goodluck Jonathan is entitled to run, unless the court stops him. Therefore, he can float posters to test waters. This is the essence of democracy, where all the flowers are allowed to blossom. What one will plead is that there should be free and fair election; that is to say that he should not use his high office to manipulate the electoral process.

“After all, elections in liberal democracy is a referendum on the performance of the incumbent. If he contests and Nigerians adjudge his leadership as good, so be it. But if Nigerians want a change, let him dare not obstruct the will of the people to choose our President. Some of us will resist it. Please, don’t forget that we were on the streets to confirm him as acting president in the last days of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.”

But presidential spokesman Reuben Abati, in a statement, said the President has no hand in the posters. Besides, said Abati, he would not want to be distracted as he is focused on service delivery.

“The posters are not coming from the president. The decision of the President is that he does not want to be distracted. His focus is on service delivery and this he stated in his New Year message to the nation.

“The President made it clear during the last media chat that whoever wants to ask him question on 2015 election should come back in 2014 to ask the question.

“If some people have taken it upon themselves to go and print posters, they are doing that on their own.

“Those pasting the posters are trying to express their own view. The president had stated that he will talk about the Presidency from 2014. Those doing this 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.

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