5th February, 2014
Gov. Theodore Orji of the eastern Nigerian state of Abia said he had no hand in the posters which signify his interest in the Senate in 2015.
Speaking with newsmen at the Government House, Umuahia on Wednesday, Orji said his aides called his attention to the posters, which adorned strategic locations in Umuahia and its environs, after his return from the council of states’ meeting in Abuja.
He attributed the posters to the handiwork of those urging him to run for the Senate in 2015, especially people from the Abia Central senatorial Zone.
The governor said that different groups, individuals and communities in the zone had at various times come to persuade him to run for the Senate in the 2015 elections.
“But I continuously tell them that I have not made up my mind and anytime I do, I will make categorical statement regarding their request.
“I have not printed posters, neither have I mandated anybody to print posters for me. Let me put it on record that those posters are not from me.
“I want to suspect those who are urging me to go to the Senate to be the brain behind the printing of the posters,’’ he said.
Orji appealed to those behind the campaign posters to exercise restraint and wait until the ban on electioneering was lifted.
The governor also spoke on the recently released INEC timetable for the 2015 general elections, saying it would enable political parties and politicians to make their observations.
He noted that INEC would also have ample time to consider all the complaints and observations and make amends where necessary.
‘’INEC has released the timetable for the elections early enough to allow politicians to prepare adequately for the exercise.
‘’It will also help the commission to make adjustments where necessary,’’ he said