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Raw Nigeria earlier reported that a joint statement by ThisDay and Arise Editors titled ‘Tinubu and THISDAY/ARISE Media Group and the Attack on Free Speech.” was sent to THE WHISTLER on Monday.

In the statement, the board of editors accused All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate Bola Tinubu of trying to stifle the news outlet and the Nigerian media and forcing it to dance to the candidate’s tune… More details here >

In a recent statement by the All Progressives Congress (APC), the party reacts to ThisDay and Arise Editors accusation.

In the statement signed by Mr Bayo Onanuga, Director of Media and Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), and Mr Dele Alake, its Adviser on Media and Communication, the party said that its a baseless accusation without proofs.

THE STATEMENT READS IN PARTS:

“It is laughably tragic that the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Thisday and Arise News Television, Mr Nduka Obaigbena, has the temerity to pretend to be a guardian of public morality in contemporary Nigerian media practice.

“The fact that this character is an unscrupulous hustler and blackmailer who has done tremendous damage to the journalism profession in the country is well known within and beyond the profession,” the statement said.


“It is instructive that Obaigbena’s media group is isolated in making this frivolous allegation against the duo.

“Not only does Thisday newspaper publish unfounded rumours masquerading as truth, many of its columnists substitute vile and vulgar abuse for sound logic and informed analyses.

“Its television anchors, heckles and harasses their guests, particularly those of the APC in their jaundiced, flagrantly unprofessional programmes,” the statement alleged.


“Thisday’s attempt in the said statement to justify its false news report on the purported death of one Mueez Adegboyega Akande and the attempt to insinuate mischievously that he died in suspicious circumstances failed abysmally.

“Rather than apologise for this professional lapse, it resorted to tendentious rationalisations,” the statement added.


“While pretending to be a public trust, Thisday and Arise descended into the political arena by publishing lies in a way that does such a great disservice to journalism.

“In November, the paper was sanctioned by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) over a fake report that INEC had ordered a probe of Tinubu.

“Nduka Obaigbena tries to cast aspersion on the professional and personal integrity of Alake and Onanuga. They stand on a higher moral and professional pedestal than he can ever aspire to.

“It is astonishing that a man like Obaigbena can even pretend to be protecting public morality and the public interest,” the statement said.


“Yet, this man dares to preach on public morality and the national interest. He even claims that Alake and Onanuga are envious of him.

“There is nothing to be envious from a man whose business practices and personal lifestyle offend every known decency.

“Alake and Onanuga can never be jealous of a man who uses extortion, subterfuge, and cheap blackmail as his working capital,” the statement said.


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