We had it tough with AIT, NTA on 2015 elec­tion –Pres­i­dency

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Nu­rudeen Oye­wole, La­gos

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Media and Pub­lic­ity, Garba Shehu, yesterday said the pres­i­dent’s party, the APC, had it tough in the hands of the African In­de­pen­dent Tele­vi­sion and Nige­ria Tele­vi­sion Au­thor­ity (AIT) in the build up to the 2015 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Speak­ing at the Red Media Sum­mit in La­gos yesterday Shehu ap­plauded Nige­ri­ans for elect­ing the APC in the March 28, 2015 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to him, in spite of the hos­til­ity of media houses such as AIT and NTA cou­pled with the de­ploy­ment of state ap­pa­ra­tus against Buhari, he still emerged vic­to­ri­ous.

“Pres­i­dent Buhari’s good­will greet­ings to you is on ac­count of the fact that he won an elec­tion that many peo­ple though he was not go­ing to win. Amer­i­cans say elec­tions are won on the dol­lar. It’s very im­prob­a­ble that any­body can win an elec­tion with­out money. We didn’t have advertising money on our cam­paign.

“Even when we had lit­tle money to spend on advertising, the Nige­rian Tele­vi­sion Au­thor­ity was not mak­ing avail­able to us slots, nei­ther was AIT. I re­mem­ber on a par­tic­u­lar night I called NTA, they had 16 slots of one minute ad­verts and I said I wanted to buy one minute for the Buhari cam­paign, they said all 16 had been sold.

“Some other in­stances that ex­posed the par­ti­san na­ture of the NTA. Money was re­turned to us, from AIT money was re­turned to us. They sim­ply won’t ad­ver­tise for us,” Shehu re­called.

He how­ever ap­plauded the ef­fort of Red Media through one of its units, State­craft, which he said helped in selling the pres­i­dent to the ac­cept­abil­ity of Nige­ri­ans.

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