TENSION!!! Governor Rotimi Akeredolu Explodes In Anger, Declares ‘War’ In Ondo State, Gives Powerful Marching Order That Must Be Obeyed

By Post-Nigeria: November 13, 2018 16:40

TENSION!!! Governor Rotimi Akeredolu Explodes In Anger, Declares ‘War’ In Ondo State, Gives Powerful Marching Order That Must Be Obeyed

Embittered by unfavourable Press coverage, the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has barred some Media stations from covering his activities, and that of the State Government, Sahara Reporters has revealed.

The Media outlets include Channels Television, the African Independent Television, AIT, Raypower, and Core Television.

They have been instructed to drop all the State Government property in their possession, which include the State House Media Identity Cards printed for them by the State Government, through the Office of the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.It was reliably gathered that these blacklisted Media stations, have been stopped from accessing the facilities of the Alagbaka ‘Press Crew’ Office of the Governor, in Akure.

Sources told Sahara Reporters that Reporters and Cameramen with the affected Media stations, were given “quit notice” to vacate the Office of the Governor, with immediate effect.

One of the sources, who pleaded not to be named as he was not authorised to speak on the matter, said that Journalists were asked to “pack their load” and leave the Government Office, because their services were no longer needed.

He revealed that the Journalists with the affected Media stations, were accused of reporting the activities of the government in “bad light”, while ignoring the development stories that could attract Investors to the State.

“The main issue that the government has with these affected Media stations, is their critical reportage on government activities in the State”, he said.

“And I am aware that they have once be warned, sanctioned, and threatened with expulsion by the Commissioner of Information, Yemi Olowolabi, but it seems the Media Managers of these stations have an axe to grid with the State Government and the Governor, Akeredolu, himself.”

However, another source explained that the Media stations were barred from the Government Office, because the Akeredolu-led Government could not afford the “heavy fund” been paid to the Media stations on quarterly basis, that was inherited from the past government.

“Yes, I know they have been expunged from the list of Media stations being housed in the Government Office, and I am aware the decision is final, unless the government renegotiates with their Managers, if they are ready to listen”, he said.

“The issue is that the amount the State Government spends on paying the Media organisations on quarterly basis, particularly Channels Television, is enough for us to equip and upgrade our own Media stations, here in Ondo State.

“In fact, despite such payments, which I know the past government did before leaving office, these media stations do not still report us well and in good light. We feel we cannot continue to retain them, and we have told them we no longer need their services in the Government House.”

A  Journalist with one of the affected Media organisations, confirmed their expulsion from the Government Office to Sahara Reporters via a phone call.

“It is true. They told us to leave the Government Office, on the pretence that they could no longer accommodate us and retain the quarterly payment”, said the Journalist.

“We have passed the message to our Office in Lagos, and we are awaiting further directives for possible redeployment. Some of us are not surprised, because since the inception of this APC-led Government of Akeredolu, they have declared war on Journalists.

“I am sure you have witnessed two attacks on us by thugs of the NURTW, for doing our job, and these people were sent by the machineries of the State Government. So they knock the ones that do not carry out their biddings, or refuse to praise-sing them in their stories.”

Recall, that since Akeredolu’s emergence as Governor, his government has been battling with “bad Press”, as a result of his disposition to Journalists and Media Professionals, in the State and beyond.

In early 2017, he was quoted at a public event inside the International Event Centre, DOME, in Akure, the Ondo State capital, as telling Journalists: “I do not care about whatever you guys write about me, but let me tell you, I have become this Governor, and nothing or nobody will change me. So, you can continue to write whatever you like.”

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