Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has solicited for the intervention of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in the coverage of political activities of the opposition parties in the North West geo-political zone by government owned media.
Our correspondent reports that the appeal is coming on the heels of the claims by the governments of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, stating that there is shortage of private investment in broadcasting media in the region. The opposition has called for stiffer sanctions from the NBC against erring media that snub the opposition.
The Tide gathered the Secretary of CNPP in Sokoto State, Mallam Shehu Galma, gave this charge in Sokoto during a public forum organised by the NBC for the broadcast media in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara against the backdrop of unprofessional conduct of government-owned media. He said, “If a political party satisfies all requirements of advertorials placement but is rejected by a broadcasting house, the NBC should use stiff penalties against it as a deterrent to others.”
Galma said prior to 2007 elections, RIMA Radio in Sokoto State diverted all its services to the People Democratic Party (PDP).