Controversy continues to trail the television documentary on the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, the party’s Presidential Campaign Council has called on the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately investigate and punish the African Independent Television (AIT) for broadcasting what the party described as hate and fabricated documentary against its presidential candidate.
According to reports by TheWill Nigeria, the APC campaign council also called on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) to tender an unreserved apology to the party and its presidential candidate.
Letters from the party to the two organisations making the demands were signed by the Director of Legal of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Mr. Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume (SAN).
“I therefore demand your good office to immediate investigate the said hate broadcast with a view to taking appropriate punitive steps against AIT and its comrades in this unholy act,” the letter signed by Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume, who is also the Imo State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, said.
In the letter to NTA, APC is requesting the Director General, Mr. Sola Omole, to disclose the real sponsors of the hate documentary and also meet with the APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, with a view to packaging a retrieval broadcast.
It however warned that “Failure on your side to comply immediately with the above demands would certainly force us to take drastic court action against you.”
The letter to NBC dated January 26 read in part: “I bring to your attention the fabricated and hate broadcast by AIT against APC and its presidential candidate.
“This hate broadcast has been on from Saturday, 24th January 2015 to Sunday 25th January 2015 at 11pm.”
“All well-meaning Nigerians and persons all over the world are worried that Daar Communication Plc could do this evil to Nigerians’ sensibilities by broadcasting fixed and fabricated lies for hate purposes.”
“The twisting of facts on the broadcast is unprecedented.”
Noting the allusion by the documentary to the fact that Buhari had contested in the past and failed , the letter cited the case of Abraham Lincoln who failed elections for over seven times yet he became one of the best presidents of the United States of America.
“APC and its presidential candidate are aware that every life has its past but that past must not be a fabricated one. No nation can build its future and elect its true leaders on falsehood and hate broadcast. The broadcast is utter disservice to Nigeria,” the letter also said, stressing that at this solemn period of general elections, Nigeria electorate should not be treated to this disturbing level of fabricated and hate broadcast.”