The Independent Campaign Network (ICN), an arm of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) complementing the gubernatorial efforts of Mr. Rotimi Akerodolu has accused the Ondo state government owned Radio-Vision Corporation OSRC of unethical practices.
It alleged that, “in the past seven months, OSRC, has flagrantly breached the simple principle of fair and balance reporting by refusing to air both paid adverts and programmes of political parties opposed to the ruling Labour Party since the commencement of electioneering campaign in the state.
The Director, Strategy & Communications Bureau Bosun Oladimeji said in Akure that “besides the station’s refusal to air or accept the paid advertisements of ACN, the programming of OSRC is skewed and manipulated to always favour only Governor Olusegun Mimiko, Labour Party and government activities.
“All other political parties activities are visually in blackout in the state since Nigeria Television Authority NTA in Ikare and Okitipupa are in partial operations because of the electricity outage. The fact remains that the ruling Labour Party government is funding the OSRC with the state fund to harass and embarrass other opposition parties and subsequently promoting their ills in governance for most of the hours of broadcast.
“To this end, we shall appreciate if the major organ in control of electronic media NBC, the Ondo State residents and Nigerians in general can call the station management to follow and obey the NBC Act and thereby mandating it to give other political parties opportunity to air their views.”
Meanwhile, 100 new motorcycles have been distributed to all the 18 ACN local government chapters in the state.
While giving out the motorcycles and over 500 megaphones at its headquarters in Akure, the Ondo State capital, Mr. Dele Ogunsakin, an ACN chieftain, said the motorcycles would help to improve the performance of those in charge of the campaigns in mobilization, logistics, security and publicity.