The decision to lace its programmes with provocative and inciting contents against the Ondo state government may be the reason non- natives dominate the work force of the Ilaramokin, Akure-based radio station, the Adaba FM, it has been gathered.
Investigation has revealed that the station may be a tool in the hands of the enemies of the state who are hell-bent on plunging it into crisis ahead of the coming gubernatorial election due to take place in a matter of months.
It was gathered that external forces , allegedly spearheaded by the governor of a neighbouring state had ensured that over ninety percent of workers in the broadcasting station are non-indigenes who are allegedly being used to work against the interest of the state .
Credence has also been given to the assertion, as an influential opposition figure in a neighbouring state is believed to be the brain behind the station.
Interestingly, it was also gathered that only few of the workers of the radio station reside in the state as they normally leave for their respective states immediately after the day’s work.
Again, it was reliably gathered that the General Manager of the station, Martins Ayoola, as well as the Director of News, Jide Ogunluyi hail from Osun and Ekiti states respectively.
A n alarm had earlier been raised by the Sunshine Coalition group, a non-governmental organization in Ondo State that an influential individual who is not an indigene of the state was using his private radio station, Adaba FM, to cause confusion among residents of the state.
The Coordinator of the group, Chief Mathew Babalola, in a statement in Akure had asked the National Broadcasting Commission to analyze the contents of the programmes being aired on the radio station with a view to cautioning the operators.
He also advised residents of the state to disregard whatever information they hear on the radio station and alleged that it was a grand plan by non-indigenes to discredit the Governor Olusegun Mimiko administration.
The group alleged that none of the top management staff of the station is an indigene of the state, hence they believe that they do not have any stake in activities that could lead to its development.
However the General Manager of Adaba FM, Mr. Martins Ayoola, in a reaction, said more than half of the members of staff of the station are Ondo State indigenes and that everybody in the state has access to the station.
The statement of the group had read in part: “We wish to draw the attention of the good people of Ondo State to a deliberate plan by the management of a private radio station in Ondo State to cause confusion and disunity among our people.
“The station has consistently been airing programmes that usually portray the current administration in the state in a bad light. Governor Mimiko has tolerated them for too long but we now see the need to call them to order before they destroy our state.
“The management staff members are either from Osun or Ekiti State while the owner is from Lagos. They have no stake in the state. That is why they have failed to acknowledge the various developmental activities of government across the state.
“Their interest is to ensure victory for the opposition party in the state and they would not mind disseminating false information to achieve their aim.” it added.