Nigerian Media Distort Katsina-Alu/Salami Panel Report, ACN Laments


The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has decried the attempt by a section of the media to cast theparty in bad light, through headlines that are at variance with the report of the NJC’s fact-finding panelon the misunderstanding between the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Alloysius Katsina-Alu,and the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami.In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed,the party said it had gone through the entire report of the panel, which has been published by at least onenewspaper, and that nowhere did it link the chieftains of the party with any of the two main protagonists inthe case, as some newspapers insinuated in their headlines.

It said even the call logs, which could have been the only link, were dismissed by the panel as having adubious origin.”We are concerned at the unprofessional and unethical portrayal of the panel’s report by some newspapers.

We wonder who their paymasters are, and what they hope to achieve by doctoring the outcome of a reportthat is now in the public domain.”It has been clear from the coverage of the panel’s proceedings by this obviously-interested section of the mediawhere its interest lies, hence it needed to write into the report what it had envisaged to be the outcome.

We challenge this fiction writers to show which section of the panel’s report links our party with any of the main players.”We know the loss of Osun and Ekiti is behind this campaign of lies against our party. But we are happy that thepanel has said the rulings in both cases cannot be revisited,” ACN said.

The party warned that it would resist any attempt to damage its credibility, saying it had always sought to deepen democracyand the rule of law through constitutional means, even when that could be tasking and long drawn, instead of resortingto self help.

It urged the media, which have always stood on the side of the truth, to beware of those seeking to use them for theirselfish ends.

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