The New Patriotic Party (NPP) says the decision to boycott two Accra-based radio stations – Okay FM and Neat FM – was the last resort” after several attempts to cure an alleged slant against the party failed.
Communications Director of the party, Nana Akomea, explains the decision to boycott the station was taken with great pains.
Mr. Akomea however, explained that although it may seem as if the party has boycotted the two stations, what the party has actually done is to boycott one programme each on both Okay FM and Neat FM.
The NPP claims Kwame Nkrumah Tikese and Adakabre Frimpong Manso – the hosts of current affairs programmes on Okay and Neat FMs respectively – have consistently worked towards bringing the image of the party into disrepute with their presentations.
Nana Akomea spoke on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM Monday.
The opposition NPP announced a decision to boycott one programme each on the two radio stations operating on the license of the Despite Group.
A statement released Sunday by the party said the programmes on Okay and Neat FM have “consistently discussed all matters of the NPP with a negative slant”.
The statement also said, “several letters, phone calls and face to face discussions between us and other management members, the producers and host of the programmes, to desist from this unethical practice of journalism have gone unheeded”.
Despite Group subsequently released a reconciliatory statement urging the NPP to rethink its decision to boycott the two stations.
“Our doors are always widely open to you as we all contribute our quota to developing the nation”, the Despite Group statement said.
Speaking on the Morning Show, Nana Akomea welcomed the Despite Group statement, assuring the party is also willing to review its boycott.
However, speaking on the Morning Show, Adakabre said although he stands by the contents of the statement by his employers, the NPP must cite specific instances of the alleged slant against the party by him.
He, in turn, alleged that elements in the NPP have rather made threats on his life.
NPP Member of Parliament for Tema East, Titus Glover, who was also in the Joy FM studio said Adakabre's claims are false and disappointing.
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