COVID-19: Ban on AIT, others from villa, victimisation – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the ban placed on some media houses from covering activities of the presidency was done in bad faith.
The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiuan described the ban as undemocratic and against the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act.
PDP said the Presidency had no justification for its action and could not give any cogent reason to necessitate the ban.
It warned the Presidency that Nigeria and the world at large is already battling the deadly coronavirus, and therefore, needs information.
“This is therefore not the time for unnecessary pettiness, victimization and barring of media houses, a development which has sparked off suspicion in the public space as being designed to conceal certain facts from the public.
“It is indeed instructive for the Buhari presidency to note that our nation is in dire need of hope and direction contained in timely information, especially from the government.
“Consequently, clamping down on the media, which is a critical stakeholder in this important effort to defeat COVID-19, is completely at variance with our national interest,” the party said.
It added that what Nigeria needs now is for all hands to be on the deck, and warned those in authority to shelve their pettiness, parochial interests, pointless and unreasonable ego as the nation collectively seek for solutions.
PDP advised the presidency to immediately lift the ban on the affected media houses and allow them to discharge their responsibility to the Nigerian people, “in line with the provisions of the law and their  professional requirements”.

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