Ahead of the forthcoming elections, a new international radio broadcasting from undisclosed locations, has started transmission to Hausa speaking people of Northern Nigeria with powerful 500kw transmitters on test transmission from 7:00am-7:30am on 11720khz on the 25 meterband shortwave. The radio is pro All Progressives Congress (APC) and its leadership.
The sign-call of the radio is Radio APC, Radio Chanji.
It was learnt that its broadcast was received in several towns and cities like Kano, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Maiduguri, Yola ,Adamawa, Birnin Kebbi and Niamey Niger Republic among others .It started transmission over the weekend.Our correspondent confirmed the existence of the radio transmission after listening to its broadcast Monday morning in Yola
Its programmes ,according to those who have listened in have been were largely APC musicals in Hausa language .The station, one listener claimed also hailed the APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari and several party stalwarts from the north.It could not be confirmed immediately whether the APC stalwarts indeed have any connection with the radio broadcast.
‘’ I enjoy the music lyric,though all are APC music,’’ said Manu Bello an ardent radio listener who confirmed listening to the radio in Yola on Monday.
Another listener Mr Umar Dankano,who is also chairman of the Correspondents’ chapel ,(NUJ), was emphatic that,’’ definitely the dominance of the Nigerian broadcasting airwaves by non-professionals and elements of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who have employed hate, vilifications, inciting messages and outright abuse of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its leadership, will spur the opposition to look for alternative.”But there was no statement from the opposition on the broadcast.
The unnamed female announcer said a 24-hour transmissions will soon commence to cover the pre-and post-election activities of the party including the phone-in programmes, on- the -spot assessments, interviews with various strata of the party’s faithful.
Listen to Off Air Recording of Radio APC in Hausa