A chieftain of the All Progressive People’s Congress in Zamfara Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi said the Press Release by the Chairman of Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria (BON) Dr. Yemi Bambogse was authored to ridicule the personality of the Governor of Zamfara state.
The Wamban Shinkafi, who stated this during a Press Conference in Gusau on Monday said, the Letter written by the (BON) is clearly a personal attack on the person of the Governor and the good people of the state.
He said (BON) is too economical with the truth because Dr. Yemisi had refused to mention in specific terms those private and government media organizations that were shutdown because of their arbitrary actions against the Executive Order enforced by the State Security Council.
“The Press Release signed by Yemisi Bambogse is an affront attack on the personality of the Governor of Zamfara state”.
“To some extent we have agreed with NBC and NUJ because they have been liberal and even cited the provisions of the Constitution on the role of the media in helping democracy in Nigeria, but we have rejected the submission of BON in totality.
“The federal media houses closed by the state government decision are NTA and Pride FM radio as well as Gamji TV which is a private media station, why can’t (BON) be specific about the media houses closed instead of becoming widely generic”.
The Letter written by Dr. Yemi is a clear reflection of personal attack against the Governor, especially where he urged INEC to clearly deal with the Governor for going against the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 as amended.
Wambai said for clarity, Dr.Yemisi is ignorant of the way things are done because INEC has no power to punish the governor because he derived his power from the Constitution of Nigeria.
Wamban Shinkafi said going by the provisions of Chapter (2) section 14(2)b of the 1999 Constitution as amended, the Governor has the powers to enact an Executive Order which could help ensure the safety and security of his people.
He therefore said, “the Order signed by the Governor is an interim one, hence what the parties required to do was to give the security agencies little time to address the lingering crises rocking the state.