In a desperate bid to be part of the ongoing digital switch-over process in Nigeria through the act of illegality, a South African broadcasting company has allegedly smuggled an obnoxious amendment into National Broadcasting Commission Act submitted to the Committee on Information of the House of Representatives.
It was exclusively gathered that after the director-general of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mallam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu had signed the amendment to be sent to the National Assembly, a fifth columnist surreptitiously working for the South African company smuggled the despicable amendment that foreign companies should be part of the process into the act.
As fate would have it, a staff of the committee who saw the discrepancy drew the attention of Kawu who swung into action to stop the act of impropriety.
At the public hearing organized by the Committee on Information of the House of Representatives on the legislation to amend the act towards strengthening the commission and making it more effective to regulate broadcasting in Nigeria, participants were unanimous in condemning the detestable action.
The NBC boss, however, stated categorically and unequivocally that the sub section be removed.
“The provision is contrary to the ongoing Digital Switch-over (DSO) programme of the federal government of Nigeria in a government white paper on the report of Presidential Advisory Committee (PAC) on transition from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting in Nigeria,” Kawu said.
Stakeholders also opposed the proposed legislation whereby the decisions of the commission are subjected to legislative approval.
The question that has pertinently begged for an answer is why the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and the chairman of Digiteam were not invited to the public hearing while the managing director of Multichoice, former director-general of National Broadcasting Commission, Emeka Mba and the managing director of Startimes were invited.
It was gathered that this foreign broadcasting company has perfected plans to bribe the Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara with money running into seven digits to have its way but those close to the speaker described him as a man of high integrity who would not taint his reputation for act synonymous with illegality.
A source close to the Speaker says ‘Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara is a man that believes in the sovereignty of Nigeria and that this amendment is to enslave Nigerians to foreign interest, it will not see the light of the day.
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Election: APC alleges massive rigging in Delta South, calls for outright cancellation [VIDEO]
The Delta State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC Campaign Council has alleged massive rigging by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in four local government areas, namely Warri South West, Bomadi, Burutu and Patani.
BIGPEN NIGERIA gathered that this is coming as unofficial results of polls coming from the aforementioned LGAs are currently in favour of all PDP candidates from the presidential to national assembly.
Three of the four councils are believed to be the stronghold of the PDP.
But Mr George Timinimi, the Campaign Director General of the Campaign Organisation of the APC governorship candidate, Chief Great Ogboru alleged that the PDP colluded with INEC official and ad-hoc to massively rig the local governments for the party after hijacking the electoral materials.
An amateur video footage of the alleged rigging in one of the locations in the riverine communities which was exclusively obtained by BIGPEN NIGERIA show a group of recruited youths manipulating and thumb printing ballot papers and result sheets for the LGAs.
According to Timinimi, the four LGAs were massively rigged and APC supporters harassed during the Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly election.
Timinimi also alleged that result sheets were not available in the few polling units and wards in the four LGAs where elections took place.
The APC chieftain in a statement accompanied by some amateur videos showing some persons allegedly thumb printing, said his party would not accept outcome of the election from the four councils.
Timinimi, a former Water Resources Commissioner during Chief James Ibori tenure of office as Governor, alleged that Ogbe-Ijoh ward 1 of unit 005, 006, 007 and 008 in Warri South West was fraudulently rigged and results formulated in favour of James Manager, the PDP Delta South senatorial candidate and other PDP candidates.
“As you can see above in Warri South West Local government area at Ogbe-Ijoh, in ward 1 of unit 005, 006, 007 and 008 in the riverine areas of the LGA the elections were characterised by massive rigging in connivance with INEC Officials which also include thuggery, harrasment and intimidation of voters and agents.
“It should also be noted that the above vices is what is inherent in Gbaramatu ward, Oporoza ward and Isaba wards of same LGA and that of Burutu LGA not excluding Bomadi LGA and the riverine areas of Patani LGA’S respectively.
“Meanwhile, in all of these Units and wards where few electoral materials were present, the result sheets for the units were missing completely.
“I therefore call on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to outrightly cancel the elections in the aforementioned LGAs”, Timinimi wrote in a petition addressed to the INEC resident electoral commissioner, Dr Cyril Omorogbe.
Meanwhile, several efforts to reach James Manager were earlier rebuffed as he either picked his calls or responded to text sent to his mobile phone.
However after an hour, he left a missed call on the phone but when our correspondent called him back, he hurriedly said, “You know we are doing election and we are very busy, so can we talk later? When pressed further to react to the text and Whatsapp messages about this report,he reiterated, I can’t talk now, I am expecting a result from somewhere and we are collating”.
SOURCE: BIGPEN NIGERIA
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