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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