In a recent interview on Arise Television’s Morning Show program, Oladotun Hassan, a former member of the dissolved All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, made controversial allegations regarding ethnic tensions in the run-up to the 2023 general elections. Hassan specifically accused the Igbo community and Arise Television, including anchor Rufai Oseni, of fueling ethnic bigotry and negatively impacting the political landscape.
During the interview, Hassan expressed his dissatisfaction with the way questions were posed to him, suggesting bias from Oseni, whom he claimed asked questions as if he were a member of the Labour Party. Hassan further stated that certain individuals, such as Datti Baba-Ahmed, had made seditious and criminal statements that undermined the electoral process and citizens’ values. While acknowledging the competitive nature of elections, Hassan argued that the actions and rhetoric of the Igbo community, including some Nollywood actors, were inflammatory towards the Yoruba people.
Hassan also criticized Arise Television for its negative reporting, suggesting that the media outlet contributed to the escalating tensions. He claimed that the network had reported certain events in a biased manner and had even targeted the APC in its coverage.
The backdrop of these allegations is the recent report by the European Union’s Election Observation Mission (EU EOM), which highlighted shortcomings in law and electoral administration, leading to a lack of trust in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Despite the EU’s concerns, Hassan pointed fingers at the Igbo community and Arise Television as significant contributors to the tensions and skirmishes surrounding the upcoming elections.
As the 2023 elections approach, these accusations shed light on the deep-seated divisions and the need for responsible reporting and inclusive dialogue among political actors. The allegations made by Oladotun Hassan raise questions about the role of the media and the responsibility of individuals in promoting unity and fair electoral practices.
- Oladotun Hassan accuses Igbos of promoting ethnic bigotry before the 2023 elections.
- Arise Television and anchor Rufai Oseni are blamed for contributing to the negative atmosphere through biased reporting.
- Oladotun criticizes the media outlet for its unfavorable coverage of the APC.