The All Progressives Congress, APC, has called for the investigation of Africa Independent Television, AIT, for broadcasting what it called “fabricated and hate broadcast” against its presidential candidate, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
The party made the request in a letter to the Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission.
It also wrote to the Director General of the Nigerian television Authority, NTA, Sola Omole, to tender an unreserved apology to APC and Mr. Buhari for broadcasting a similar documentary.
The two letters were written by the Director of Legal of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume, who is also the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Imo State.
In its letter to the NTA boss, the campaign council asked him to disclose to it the real sponsors of the hate documentary and to also meet with the APC National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, with the view to packaging a retrieval broadcast.
“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 the NTA read.
The APC said NTA was goaded into carefully and intentionally turning itself into a willing tool for hate groups that do not wish Nigeria well.
The letter calling for the probe of AIT, dated January 26 reads: “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 11p.m.
“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”.
The campaign council noted the allusion to the fact that Mr. Buhari had contested in the past and failed but cited the case of Abraham Lincoln, who failed elections for over seven times yet he became one of the best presidents in history of the United States of America.
“APC and her 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.
“I therefore demand your good office to immediately investigate the said hate broadcast with a view to taking appropriate punitive steps against AIT and its comrades in this unholy act”, the statement reads.