The proprietor of Daar Communications PLC, operators of AIT, Raymond Dokpesi, says the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari lacks the power to stop the AIT from covering his activities, as doing so would amount to breaking the law.
According to him, this was an attempt by the former military Head of State to bring back the era of Decree 4, adding, that Section 39 of the constitution grants Nigerians freedom of expression and the right to hold opinion.
Dokpesi in an interview granted Premium Times, said “I am sure that the President-elect needs to be reminded of Decree 4, and he should be clearly reminded that section 32 of the constitution makes it mandatory for the media to hold public officials accountable to the people,” he said.
“There are three national networks available for national coverage in Nigeria, the NTA, AIT and Silverbird. You cannot stop a foremost private station from reporting in Nigeria, it brings us back to Decree 4 era.”
Mr. Dokpesi also acknowledged that Mr. Buhari may have taken his decision based on the documentaries ran by the station during the electioneering campaign.
He said Daar Communications is a commercial entity and therefore reserves the right to run anything it considers worthy of being televised. He said there is also a right of response available to anyone who feels strongly about any matter broadcast by the station.
“If they had produced their own documentary to say this is what we want and AIT did not publish it, then that is another matter,” he said.
Dokpesi also added that another documentary about one of the national leaders of APC, Bola Tinubu were also factually correct.
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