Peter Obi, the 2019 vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has condemned the suspension of DAAR Communication Plc, owner of AIT and RayPower FM by the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC.
NBC had on Thursday suspended the license of AIT and RayPower FM until further notice.
The Director-General of NBC, Modibbo Kawu, disclosed that the action was taken for failure of the broadcasting stations to abide by the broadcasting code.
The offences listed by the NBC included the airing of a presidential election documentary by the AIT, a matter pending before a tribunal, the inability of the company to pay its fees, the use of “divisive and inciting contents from the Social Media” among others.
Reacting to the suspension, Obi described the decision of Daar Communication’s licence as an affront on the freedom of the press and speech as enshrined by the constitution.
In a tweet, the former Anambra governor wrote: “The suspension of the licenses of AIT and Ray Power stand condemned. It is an affront on the freedom of the press, and of speech as enshrined in our constitution. It is a throwback to the years of military dictatorship. – PO.”