As a punitive measure on the Ekiti Broadcast Service (EBS) for allegedly declaring the results of the just-concluded governorship election, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on Saturday, July 14, ordered the immediate closure of the television network.
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has ordered the immediate closure of Ekiti Broadcast Service (EBS), Nigerian Tribune reports.
The order was announced in a statement issued on Saturday, July 14, as the station was accused of violating the provisions of the broadcasting code.
The governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose, who appeared on the station before it was shut, said that Kolapo Olusola, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has won the governorship election, accusing securities of bias. Fayose said this while the coalition of the results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was ongoing.
The NBC, in its condemnation of the development, wondered why KBS allowed the governor to declare results of the election before the INEC announced it.
The NBC said in a statement: “The commission has taken the decision to curb the continued breach of the Electoral Act and the Broadcasting Code on Political Broadcast.”
“The commission is particularly irked by the unauthorised declaration of results by the state governor in the state BRoadcast station.
"This is after he went in air to make malicious and unsubstantiated comments against INEC, the Police and the SSS. The station will remain shut down until further notice.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that an official of the Alliance for Credible Elections (ACE) Omilusi Mike, on Sunday, July 15, commended the massive turnout of voters for the governorship election in Ekiti and the transparency of the electoral process.
NAIJ.com gathered that Omilusi gave the commendation in a telephone interview with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti. He said: "I want to sincerely commend the turnout of the people from across the nooks and crannies of Ekiti to vote for their chosen candidate.
"The determination displayed by the people on Saturday, July 14, was unprecedented and unbelievable. I saw the number of people coming out from their villages and homes, contrary to the rumour of riot and crisis being spread across the state a few days to the election. It is obvious that the wishes of the people have prevailed especially at a critical period in Ekiti.”
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