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NBC deplores inciting comments by Edo politicians

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The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has expressed concern over the use of inflammatory, inciting and divisive comments by politicians in Edo State, who have threatened violence ahead of the governorship election in the state.

NBC warned broadcasters covering the electioneering in Edo to note the provisions of the Electoral Law, the Nigeria Broadcasting Code and other regulations guiding the broadcast of political content in the country.

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In a statement yesterday in Abuja, the regulatory body noted: “Broadcasters are advised to note the following sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, which provides that the broadcaster shall, in using political materials for news and current affairs programmes, avoid hate speech, inflammatory, derogatory and divisive remarks or allusions, while ensuring that a political broadcast is in decent language.”

PEEVED by the political squabbles in in Edo ahead of the September 19 ballot, a coalition of Community Based Organisations (CBOs) in the state has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to call the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, and the party’s governor candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to order.

Addressing journalists in Benin City, the group’s spokesperson, Andrew Emwanta, said the call became necessary following alleged plan by the duo to make the state ungovernable.

But the chairman of APC Media Campaign Council, John Mayaki, in a statement to journalists in Benin City, accused the Godwin Obaseki-led government of carrying out several onslaughts against the constitutional independence of the legislative arm of government by attacking its members and denying them representation.

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ALSO, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has called on the police to invite and question Ize-Iyamu over threat of violence at the polls.

Wike said he was amazed that the APC, despite weighty allegations against Ize-Iyamu, chose him as its flagbearer, adding that only a person whose conscience was seared with hot steel would support such governorship candidate.

The governor, who is the chairman of PDP National Campaign Council, said he was astounded that the police had not invited the APC candidate over the viral video showing his meeting with questionable characters described as “lions and tigers of Edo” that threatened to unleash violence.

“Violence is when you issue threat and give directives. In that video, he told the boys to move from unit to unit and ward to ward. This is a violation of the provisions and guidelines of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“Governor Obaseki has always preached peace and has urged his supporters not to retaliate. But when people come to snatch ballot boxes to stop you from exercising your fundamental right, certainly, you will protect your votes,” he said.

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