President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the immediate removal of all his political campaign posters across the country, explaining the move was informed by the need to ‘restore the environment in Nigerian cities, towns and villages to their pre-elections campaign state.’
In a State House press statement issued Wednesday, and signed by Dr. Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, the President directed the removal of all campaign posters belonging to his campaign organization.
“With the 2015 presidential elections now concluded and the country preparing for the inauguration of a new administration on May 29, President Goodluck Jonathan believes that it is appropriate that steps be taken to restore the environment in Nigerian cities, towns and villages to their pre-elections campaign state.
“Accordingly, President Jonathan directs that the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation and the various associations that coalesced into the Jonathan/Sambo Support Group immediately begin the process of removing the posters, billboards, banners, signs and other campaign materials in support of his re-election bid which still adorn the landscape in major cities across the country,” the statement stated.
According to Abati, the President remains grateful to all individuals and organisations ‘who made sincere contributions and worked with immense dedication for the Jonathan/ Sambo Campaign’, just as he added that ‘President Jonathan applauds his supporters and other Nigerians for the disciplined, patriotic and democratic manner in which they comported themselves before, during and after the elections.
Continuing, Abati said President Jonathan would wish that Nigerians put the recent political campaigns behind them and join hands with the incoming administration in working for a more united, peaceful, stable and progressive nation, especially now that the elections are over except for re-runs in a few states,
It would be recalled that the Lagos State Government had earlier in the week also ordered the removal of all campaign posters dotting the state.
Through the state’s Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA), the government had directed that all outdoor political campaign materials used for the March 28 and April 11 general elections be removed.
The agency in a public notice signed by its Managing Director, George K. Noah, asked political parties, candidates and their supporters to commence immediate removal of all advertisement structures deployed for that purpose.
“LASAA requests all political parties, their candidates and supporters to commence immediate removal of all outdoor advertisement structures deployed for the pre-2015 electioneering campaigns. The Agency has embarked on removal of posters across Lagos State and will remove all other outdoor advertisement structures that are not removed within 10 days of the elections as specified by law”.