The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, said on Sunday that it was against the law of the land for anybody to start campaigning for elective positions in the 2015 poll when the Independent National Electoral Commission had yet to give politicians the nod to do so.
Tambuwal, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, dissociated himself from the posters flooding some parts of the city, promoting him as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress in 2015.
Although, he thanked the promoters of the idea for considering him worthy to vie for the Presidency, the Speaker advised them not to run foul of the law by initiating campaign ahead of the official declaration by INEC.
The posters had paired Tambuwal and his Deputy, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha, as president and vice-president respectively on the ticket of the APC.
Part of the statement, which was signed by the Speaker’s Special Adviser, Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Imam Imam, read, “While we thank them for deeming the Rt. Hon. Speaker fit for future elective office in the country, let it be known that since the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has not given the go-ahead for those interested in elective positions to start mobilisation, it is inappropriate for any person or group to print campaign posters and have them placed in strategic locations in any part of the country.
“Laws of the Federation are meant to be obeyed by all persons irrespective of their societal status.
“As a law abiding citizen, the Honourable Speaker will make known the direction of his political future and intention at the appropriate time.
On his part, Ihedioha dismissed the alleged links with the APC as “laughable and completely nonsensical”, coming at a time he was on a PDP assignment with President Goodluck Jonathan and other top party officials ahead of the grand rally for the August 9 governorship poll in Osun State.
Ihedioha pledged his loyalty to the PDP, adding that since 2011, he had worked hard to reposition the party in his home state, Imo.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Oke Epia, read, “The general public is hereby urged to ignore the posters and see this incident as the handiwork of mischief makers who are advised to find better things to do with their time and resources.
” The deputy speaker is fully focused on and committed to rebuilding the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nationally and in Imo State where he has remained a bulwark of the ruling party since the opposition took over the reins of government at that level in 2011.”