The President-Elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has written a petition to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), seeking for Channels Television to be sanctioned for allegedly breaching the Nigerian Broadcasting Code during a recent interview with Labour Party’s Vice Presidential candidate, Datti Baba-Ahmed.
In the petition dated 30th March, 2023 and signed by the APC presidential campaign council Director of Media and Publicity, Bayo Onanuga, the president-elect said:
“In line with Section 14.0.1 of the Nigerian Broadcasting Code 6th edition stating the duty of the National Broadcasting Commission to accept complaints from aggrieved persons, bodies or members of the public and investigate as well as apply sanctions where necessary, the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council hereby petitions the Commission on what it considers breaches by CHANNELS TV last week on its programme ‘Politics Today’ which airs daily at 7pm on weekdays”,
Tinubu accused Datti of making inciting comments attacking the credibility of the February 25, Presidential elections. In the interview, Datti faulted the declaration of Tinubu as the President-elect by the INEC and categorically asked President Buhari and the Chief Justice of Nigeria not to swear him in.
In his petition, Tinubu said the host of the show should have cautioned the Labour party vice presidential candidate for making such unguarded comments and for failing to do so, the station should be sanctioned.