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NBC Fines Govt-Owned Stations For Airing Campaign Messages Hours To Election

Ondo state government-owned broadcasting stations have been hit with fine, for noncompliance with the rules of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

The stations which are Ondo State Ravio-Vision Corporation (OSRC) and the Orange 94.1FM, were fined N500,000 each, according to separate letters directed to the heads of stations.

The Akure based stations were penalized for airing an interview with the embattled Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in in the state, Clement Faboye, where he was recorded lauding the government of Rotimi Akeredolu a few hours to house of assembly elections in the state.

In the video which generated criticisms from the opposition, Faboyede said: “On road construction, we have been saying it, the PDP in Ondo State has been saying it that we appreciate him on what he is doing on road construction. Let him finish it up. Let him complete his tenure”

“We are not after his impeachment, intimidation and harassment. Our assembly members will support him; we will not intimidate him. By this time next year, we are already electioneering for the governorship.”

In the letters issued to the stations, Zonal Director of NBC in Benin, Henry Asagba, noted that the stations aired a campaign statement on March 8, 2019, a few hours to the March 9 state house of assembly election.

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Asagba noted that the campaign statement was a breach of the NBC code, despite the workshop on political broadcast, which was organized by the NBC in October last year.

The letter read “On Friday, March 8, 2019, between 3:59 pm and 4:04 pm, your station aired the Chairman of the PDP in Ondo State making campaign statements. This breaches sections 5.2.12 and 5.6.6 of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, which states that all partisan political broadcast campaign, jingles, announcement and the use of all forms of partisan political parties identifications or symbols on air shall end not later than twenty-four hours before polling day.

“In view of the above, your station has been fined the sum of five hundred thousand naira (500,000). You are requested to pay the fine within two (2) weeks from the date of receipt of the letter to avoid further sanction(s).”

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