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2015 posters : We won’t sanction Jonathan – PDP

PDP National Chairman Alhaji Bamanga TukurThe Peoples Democratic Party has said it will not sanction President Goodluck Jonathan over the printing and pasting of posters announcing his ambition to seek re-election in 2015.

The party said it was satisfied that the President had denied responsibility for the printing and pasting of the posters.

In a telephone interview with our correspondent in Abuja on Friday, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, warned members of the party not to see the development as an opportunity to engage in the printing and pasting of posters of other presidential aspirants.

He said, “You know the President has said he did not authorise the printing and pasting of the posters. Because of this, we will not sanction him.

“The National Chairman of the party, Dr. Bamanga Tukur has directed all elected officials of the party to remain focused and to concentrate on the delivery of good services to the people.

“We will not encourage other politicians, who are interested in elective offices to start printing and pasting of posters.

“The time for that has not come. When it comes, we will inform our members.”

Also on Friday, a group known as the PDP National Youth Vanguard, issued a statement in which it condemned another group, the PDP Youth Wing, for attacking Jonathan because of the posters.

It said the attacks on the President because of the posters were unnecessary and that he deserved to be respected by Nigerians because of his position as the number one citizen of the country.

The statement was signed by Bekes Apere and Ibrahim Bala Aboki, National Coordinator and National Secretary of the group, respectively, among others.

The statement said, “The PDP National Youth Vanguard condemned (sic) in totality the reckless statement release (sic) by (a) faceless PDP Youth Council headed by one Mr. Fidelis Ozuka and its Publicity Director, Comrade Bala Usman yesterday (Thursday).

“That His Excellency, Goodluck Jonathan, is the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and a leader of our great party, the PDP and was ordained by God, the most magnificent, benevolent and most

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