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Your Bullying Press Allegation Baseless – APC Campaign Fires THISDAY/Arise Editors




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The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) has replied to the editors of THISDAY/Arise Television over an allegation of attempting to silence free and fair journalism.

Naija News reports that THISDay media group had accused the APC campaign of demanding the removal of Shaka Momodu, THISDAY editor, and Rufai Oseni, The Morning Show co-host, from their current positions.

In a publication on Monday, the media group said the APC campaign accused it of blackmail after the APC flagbearer, Bola Tinubu, refused to honour an invitation to attend a town hall series organised by Arise TV.

Reacting in a statement on Monday night, the Directorate of the Media and Publicity of the APC Campaign berated the media group for accusing its leadership of trying to silence free and fair journalism.

In the statement issued by Bayo Onanuga and Dele Alake, the APC campaign said the accusation of attempting to bully the media is “baseless and stupid”

The campaign also alleged that THISDAY newspaper is notorious for publishing unfounded rumours masquerading as truth and asked the media group to stop blackmailing its standard bearer into attending its programmes.

The statement reads: “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, but many of its columnists also substitute vile and vulgar abuse for sound logic and informed analyses while its television anchors heckle and harass their guests, particularly those of the APC in their jaundiced, flagrantly unprofessional programmes.

“We recall that both THISDAY and ARISE Television sought to bully and compel the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, into attending its Town Hall meetings with presidential candidates, despite the media team’s explanation that it would not attend such programmes organised in a haphazard and uncoordinated manner by individual media houses.

“Each candidate’s campaign team has the right to adopt its own strategies for reaching out to and interacting with Nigerians.

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“As we have repeatedly said, the Tinubu campaign will not succumb to the blackmail, intimidation and harassment of Obaigbena and his media group.”