Journalists covering the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are prepared to embark on a massive protest against the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party from next week over inability to pay various advertisements placed in the various media platform.
The advertisement debt running into over N25 Million cut across various major national Newspapers covering the party, which includes; Thisday, Punch, Daily Trust, Blueprint, Guardian, Nation, Sun, Vanguard, Leadership newspapers among others.
The party recently generated more than sixty million Naira from the sales of Nomination and Expression of Interest forms from eleven out of the twelve aspirants by paying five million and five hundred thousand for the forms while the only woman aspirant got the form free according to the APC constitution.
It was gathered that some of the adverts placed in the Newspapers were said to have taken more than two years without payment by the ruling party under the excuses of “no money”.
The affected newsmen, who said they are on the verge of losing their jobs through various threats from their offices, expressed frustration confronting them as a result of APC debt.
One of the affected journalist who spoke to Daily Times said; “I am about losing my job because of this nonpayment; my editor is accusing me of a deal with the concerned authority and has issued query to me doubting my sincerity, I just do not understand”.
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 met deaf ears.
The breakdown of the advert debt shows that the Nation, Leadership, the Sun, Blueprint, Vanguard and Daily Trust newspapers have the highest share of the unpaid advertisement debt.
The newsman, 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 the APC to save their job”.
Tom Okpe, Abuja