The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has ordered the immediate closure of the Ekiti Broadcast Service due to the station’s breach of National Broadcasting Code.
According to the broadcasting commission, the Ekiti Broadcast Service breached the Electoral Act and Broadcasting Code by allowing Governor Ayodele Fayose to announce results after the Ekiti election in favour of his deputy and candidate of the PDP, Kolapo Olusola, and declare him the winner of the governorship election in the state.
Beyond what it said was the unauthorized declaration of election results by the governor, the NBC also accused the governor of using the broadcast service to make malicious and unsubstantiated comments against the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), the police and the Department of State Services.
The commission’s Southwest monitoring chief Professor Armstrong Idachaba cited breach of the electoral act and broadcasting code by the media outfit, after Governor Ayodele Fayose went on air to announce fake results in favour of Olusola Emeka, his deputy and PDP governorship candidate.
“The Commission has taken the decision to curb the continued breach of the Electoral Act and the Broadcasting Code on Political Broadcast.”
The Ekiti Broadcast Service is to remain shut until further notice.
Ahead of the governorship elections, the NBC had called on broadcasters in the country to adhere to the ethics of election coverage.
The commission had also used its social media platforms to remind broadcasters of the shun bias and to ensure that in using political material for news, they avoid “taking inflamatory and divisive matter in its provocative form”.