Fund Raising Ban: NCC can’t say what regulation APC breached

Despite banning the All Progressives Congress, APC, SMS-based platform for raising funds, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, could not point to any specific regulation that was violated.

The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Eugene Juwah, during an interview session on the sideline of the 3rd African Preparatory Meeting of the
African Telecommunications Union, which opened in Abuja on Monday, told journalists that the party did not conform to laid down rules of the regulatory agency.

Mr. Juwah did not, however, say what regulation was violated even after much probing. The NCC official declined any further comment on the controversial ban directive that means stoppage of the fundraising, using SMS platform provided by GSM operators.

Mr. Juwah, however, said the banning of APC fundraising platform was not done for political reasons.

“We are NCC. We are a public service agency. We are not political. You are allowed to raise money but you must conform to the rules of NCC.

“We did not make these rules, looking at elections. We made the rules for the development of telecommunications in Nigeria and we must keep those rules, whether there is election or not.”

The NCC on Monday, January 19, banned the APC from raising funds through text messages Shortly after the Buhari-Osinbajo Presidential
Campaign Fundraising Committee, headed by Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola, launched some of its platforms for raising funds.

The platform was meant to encourage small donors, especially young people, to do donate.

The APC indicated on Sunday its resolve to challenge the NCC’s action in court.

The Lagos State Chief Executive, Mr. Fashola said, in Abuja, however, said that donors could still use other fundraising platform, which included the sale of scratch cards and donations into the designated First Bank account.

He noted that even though the platform was established when APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, was still seeking the party’s nomination as flag bearer, “it is still up and running and
supporters can still donate.”


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  • Eze1

    When Government Agency acts Rascally, they are only doing this in consonance with the Govt.

    • FortB

      Ignorance is a disease. The case is in court. The NCC will defend itself there. Wait and see if they cannot say clearly what aspect of the law that was breeched before casting aspersions. Everything is political once it does not go our way. Haba, must it be my way or the high way? DSS discovered INEC cloning center, it’s political. NCC stopped use of illegal means to raise funds, it must be political. Military is trying to rout Boko haram, it must be political. IGP tried to enforce law, it is political. Na wa o. Everything in our lives must have political connotation.

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  • Dayo

    So Mr anticorupting wanted to resort to a totally abstruse way of collecting campaigning funds. Thank god it was forbidden. As if running on Rivers people’s looted money wasn’t enough. You can’t blame the NCC for forbidding a highly shifty way to collect money.

  • JamesAdebayo

    Why would you donate your money to an ex-dictator who as yet to account for the $2.8 billion that “disappeared” during his time as Head of the Minister of Petroleum? Is that because you think supporting an ex-dictator is a reasonable idea?

  • FadeelahO

    The APC really has trouble conforming to any rules. They cannot follow the rules of the NNC, their candidate cannot observe the Constitution by providing his school certificate, they resort to stoning GEJ’s political meetings despite of the Abuja accord. What is next on the menu for them, personally threatening voters?

  • Chuckwuebuka Alavavite

    Why would he need more money for his misdeeds? GMB already has well documented shifty connections with Arab sponsors – they will pay for basically anyone defending Sharia law. It was also revealed that over the past decade some anonymous donors gave several hundreds of thousands in foreign currencies to bankroll the presidential bid of Gen. Buhari which flowed to the campaign through his trusted loyalist, who is embedded in the party. These donor’s main objective is the ascent of political Islam, which has been a crucial factor in the swelling and deepening ‘Islamisation’ of many Arab and non-Arab societies within the past three decades. The overarching objective of almost all donor political Islamic groups is not only to attain parliamentary majorities or control presidencies, but to gradually Islamise their states – and their societies. The swelling of political Islam cascaded over how vast segments of the northern youths in Nigerian societies identified themselves – not abruptly moving from the traditional national distinctiveness to broader Islamic identities, but merging the national with the Islamic – just what GMB is doing.

  • FuzzyLogic

    Political structure matters. Nigeria is too complex to run a top-down unitary system of government that has failed everywhere it is tried. Once we fix the structure, then we can deal with the other issues. A situation where no single state out of 36 is getting it right shows that something is seriously wrong.