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A campaign billboard of the Peoples Democratic Party bearing the photograph of President Goodluck Jonathan was set ablaze, in Abuja, in the early hours of Saturday by an unidentified man.
The incident was said to have taken place following earlier rumours that the Independent National Electoral Commission had postponed the February 14, 2015 Presidential election.
The billboard is located on the ever-busy Suleija-Kaduna Expressway at the Federal Housing junction, beside the office of the National Emergency Management Agency in Kubwa.
On it was boldly written, “On February 14, vote Goodluck, vote PDP…The Goodluck Thumb.”
It was discovered that the arsonist drove to the billboard, parked his car, brought out a tyre and set it on fire.
But the arsonist, according to officials of NEMA, who pleaded anonymity, came back in the night and on seeing that the fire didn’t do much damage poured petrol on another tyre and set it ablaze.
It was not however clear who was responsible and what prompted it.
But a taxi driver within the vicinity, who simply identified himself as Yahaya, said, “The incident happened following earlier rumours that the February 14 presidential election has been postponed.”
Our correspondent saw ashes of the burnt billboard during a visit to the site on Sunday.
Some youths had recently pelted the convoy of President Goodluck Jonathan in Katsina and Bauchi states and burnt his campaign vehicles in Jos.
The Nigeria Posterity Project had expressed concern over the use of stones and destruction of campaign posters belonging to Jonathan by some northern youths.
According to the organisation, northern leaders should tone down their utterances and allow free campaigns by all candidates in all parts of the country.
The National Coordinator of the NPP, Mr. Louis Ebodaghe, had said, “The burning of President Jonathan’s campaign vehicles in parts of the North and the pulling down of his posters in parts of the North can only be likened to Nazi Germany where, for the fear of Hitler, everybody must fly the Nazi flag even against their conscience. This cannot be tolerated in modern day Nigeria and should not be encouraged.”
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