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Unpaid adverts: Journalists set for showdown against APC’s NWC

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Frustrated journalists covering the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, have said that they will embark on a massive protest against the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, led by Chief John Oyegun as from next week.

The showdown was necessitated by the inability of the party leaders to pay various advertisements placed in the various media platforms.

The debt running into over N25 million cut across various major national newspapers covering the party, which include; Thisday, Punch, Daily Trust, Blueprint, Guardian, Nation, Sun, Vanguard, Leadership among others.

The party had recently generated more N6 million from the sales of the Nomination and Expression of Interest forms.

It was gathered that eleven out of the twelve aspirants officially paid N5.5 million for the forms while the only woman aspirant got the form free of charge according to the APC constitution.

Some of the adverts placed in the newspapers were said to have taken more than two years without payment by the ruling party.

The affected journalists, who said they are on the verge of losing their jobs owning to various threats from their offices, expressed frustration confronting them as a result of APC debt.

The breakdown of the advert debts shows that the Nation, Leadership, the Sun, Blueprint, Vanguard and Daily Trust have the highest shares unpaid advert.

One of the journalists who revealed the plan to carry placards against Chief Oyegun led NWC next week said they have to do this after several appeals have failed.

The frustrated journalists, therefore, said that all the local and international media organizations will be invited to cover the protest, saying “the protest will be a kind of open appeal to the leadership of APC to save their jobs.”


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