The All Progressives Congress, APC, has explained why it chased out an Arise TV cameraman during an engagement between the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, and the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, NESG, on Friday.
According to the director of media and publicity for the All Progressives Congress Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga, the journalist was sent out after he was busted for secretly filming Mr Tinubu.
Mr Onanuga, who disclosed this in a post via his Twitter handle, said the journalist was engaging in “espionage,” as he was not authorized by anyone to live-stream the event.
His tweet reads: “Arise TV cameraman clandestinely streamed live Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s event in Lagos today. He was not authorized by anyone. He was clearly on espionage, but was busted and sent out. Is journalism by stealth part of the practice by Arise News?”
Following the condemnation that trailed Mr Onanuga’s statement, the campaign council explained in another statement on Saturday that the dialogue was not meant for live coverage.
He said other TV stations didn’t breach the rule and wondered why Arise TV chose to be different.
“For clarity, the Tinubu-Shettima campaign is not against Arise TV covering its events. The Lagos NESG dialogue was not meant for live TV coverage. It was to be recorded and shown later. Other TV houses did not breach the rule, except Arise News. And it was done by stealth. Why?” Mr Onanuga asked.