Viewers of the the popular reality TV show BBNaija have protested the decision of the organisers to keep voting lines open hours after it was supposed to be closed 10pm on Friday, as announced on Sunday.
On Sunday diring the last live eviction show, the host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu announced that for the grand finale on Sunday, September 27, the phone lines will be opened immediately after the last eviction show for the season and scheduled to close 10pm on Friday.
Previously in the show, phone lines usually opened 10pm on Monday after the live nomination show where the housemates nominate fellow housemates whom they want evicted from the show and the individuals with the highest nominations are now put up for possible eviction, the phone lines then closes at 10pm on Thursday.
However some viewers have taken to social media protesting that the phone lines have still been kept open despite the official announcement which said the lines will close at 10pm on Friday.
They said they noticed that people have continued to send votes and are charged the stipulated N30.00 per SMS, which means that the organisers are fraudulently receiving votes after the scheduled closing hours.
Some of their reactions below;
@BBNaija @DeloitteNigeria @DStvNg @MTNNG @AirtelNigeria @9mobileng At did point, silence is no longer an option.— Akanni Of Lagos 💡 (@2muchAkanni) September 26, 2020
I just voted & other people are still doing this same.
This is fraud.
We deman a thorough explaination Now!
Kindly RT #AfricaMagicShutTheVotingLines#BBNaija pic.twitter.com/ii5TxTH5YW
You don’t get to be silenced at a time like this.— Akanni Of Lagos 💡 (@2muchAkanni) September 26, 2020
This is fraud, I repeat this is fraud.
Only except otherwise!#AfricaMagicShutTheVotingLines#AfricaMagicShutTheVotingLines #AfricaMagicShutTheVotingLines
Dear BBNaija @BBNaija,— Akanni Of Lagos 💡 (@2muchAkanni) September 26, 2020
You guys are currently playing with the name, reputation, interest and the highest degree of love + integrity which we the lovers of this show accorded to it.
12 hours later when the supposed voting should’ve been closed, sms voting still going through.? https://t.co/5oDpXvAoIk
Dear @BBNaija organizers,— Afolabi Nicholas of Ibadan 🚀💡 (@iam_nicholasafo) September 26, 2020
Pls don’t play with the love people have for your show. You guys said the voting line are closed and I just said I should try it and the voting line is still on and it’s 12hrs now
We need an official statement for this.#AfricaMagicShutTheVotingLines pic.twitter.com/8fcv7mBcsW
@DStvNg @BBNaija— Gabs💡 (@Mistugabs) September 26, 2020
Are you guys kidding right now, we expect some level of professionalism in how critical part of this game is being played…..don’t ever joke with the rule that determine the winner.
Pls ensure to shut down all voting lines!
#AfricaMagicShutTheVotingLines #BBNaija @BetwayNigeria @Ebuka @BBNaija Very unprofessional voting lines should be closed . We can't leave these things the movement must start now! pic.twitter.com/bIBsQ7hIIg— Trusted Marshall (@Mayolamoomy) September 26, 2020
Can we get a proper explanation of what's going on— Stan Laycon 💡💡💡 (@bbnaija_laycon) September 26, 2020
Is Voting line still open because we are getting response even after 10pm which was not supposed to be.@BBNaija @DeloitteNigeria @DStvNg @MTNNG @AirtelNigeria @9mobileng
Ahhh I tried mine too,so voting has nt closed hmmmm— Wandes_gram🌈🌈🌈layconhypelady (@DudukeOfAbuja) September 26, 2020
Hope u people are not trying to play pranks oooo@BBNaija @Ebuka @Deloitte if not koni funny rara oooo @itsLaycon #AfricaMagicShutTheVotingLines pic.twitter.com/CeTSXLS4Ox
The organiser of the show are yet to respond to these allegations.
The grand finale of the show is scheduled for Sunday, September 27, where the last five contestants Laycon, Dorathy, Nengi, Neo and Vee will battle to walk away with the grand price of N85 million worth of goodies and cash price inclusive .
This season five of the show was tagged the Big Brother Naija Lockdown.
The BBNaija reality TV show is a social experiment where 20 contestants also called Housemates are put in the same house for 90, then a dedicated phone phone lines are opened to allow viewers vote for their favorite housemates to remain in the show.
These housemates remain longer in the show if they are able to thrill and entertain the viewers who will now decide if they will continue to vote a particular individual or switch to save another from being evicted from the show.