Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential Campaign Organization, PDPPCO, yesterday, demanded the arrest of the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), and his top associates over the existence of an illegal radio station called Radio Chanji.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, Director, Media and Publicity of PDPPCO, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, cited Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State; former governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and former Nigeria Ambassador to Spain, Ambassador Yusuf Mamman, as among the top associates to be questioned.
According to Fani- Kayode, it became imperative to arrest and question them because the radio station had been broadcasting what he described as falsehoods, propaganda and inciting comments, periodically over the last few days. Fani-Kayode also accused APC of budgeting $2 million to produce a documentary entitled Nigerians…
What is Going On? which he claimed was designed to, among others, discredit President Goodluck Jonathan, his ministers, aides, the government and the entire country.
Fani- Kayode also pledged President Jonathan’s determination to go after corrupt persons to ensure that every single one who stole the nation’s money would be brought to book. On the alleged APC radio, Fani-Kayode called on the National Broadcasting Commission, NBS, to put its house in order by ensuring that its set rules were followed. He sa id: “Our attention has been drawn to the existence of an illegal radio station called APC RADIO or RADIO CHANJI.
“This radio station has been broadcasting falsehood, propaganda and inciting comments, periodically over the last few days and since inception. “We seize this opportunity to call on the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, NBC, to set its house in order while ensuring that its rules are followed. “We call on them to use all means available to stop this illegal radio station from operating and if necessary to block its illegal transmissions.
“The person that is heading this operation is Ambassador Yusuf Mamman, an APC leader and stalwart, who has much experience in the world of special operations and disinformation and who has been given millions of dollars to start this illegal radio station. “The objective of the radio station is to serve as a propaganda tool to fight the government after they lose the elections on March 28.
“The brain behind the operation is the former governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, who equally founded Radio Kudirat during the days of NADECO, when the government of late General Sani Abacha was being fought by a number of people in Nigeria. “The opposition know that they would lose the election and after this happens, it is their intention to begin to use this illegal radio station to incite Nigerians against the government.
“They intend to use the radio station to incite the armed forces to mutiny. They intend to create a major division and utter chaos within the Nigerian state, using religion and ethnicity, and they will take that opportunity to either call for full blown military intervention or the establishment of an Interim National Government. “It is through the auspices of this illegal radio station that they intend to announce members of their planned shadow and parallel government.
“The truth of the matter is that this will not work. “However it is important for the security agencies to arrest Yusuf Mamman and question Kayode Fayemi, Bola Tinubu, Rotimi Amaechi and the APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) himself on the operation, illicit and dangerous agenda of this illegal radio station. “We will not sit back and watch them achieve their objectives. We will not allow them to destabilize Nigeria and we will not allow them to create a parallel government after they lose the elections.”
Speaking further on planned documentary on President Jonathan, Fani- Kayode said: “It has been brought to our attention by members of the covert and special operations unit of this Directorate that certain unpatriotic steps are being taken by the opposition in an attempt to discredit not just the President, but also his government and indeed our entire country. “As we are addressing you, a scurrilous and utterly baseless documentary and video has been commissioned and compiled by them. It is entitled Nigerians…What Is Going On? “All manner of lies, deceit, fabrication, slander, falsehood and misrepresentation of the basic facts are in the documentary.”