APC To Sue NCC For Closing Fund-raising Platform

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has vowed to challenge the decision of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to shut down its fund-raising platform in court.

Director of Fund-Raising of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation and Lagos State Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, who said this yesterday evening at the directorate’s meeting, said the party has no choice than to seek legal redress.

Fashola described the NCC’s action as a clear breach of constitutional provisions, describing it as a double standard on the part of the commission, which allowed President Goodluck Jonathan to raise fund, using the same platform in 2010.

The governor said the directive from the commission closing the platform was contained in a letter dated January 19 by officials of the NCC.

According to him, those who signed the letter included the Director of Consumer Affairs, Maryam Bayi, and the Head of Legal and Regulatory Services, Yinka Akinloye, acting on behalf of the NCC Executive Vice Chairman, Dr. Eugene Juwah.

He argued that in 2010, approval was given to the Jonathan/Sambo Campaign Organisation to raise funds using such a platform, wondering why the APC is being denied the same right in 2015.

“We have advised our lawyers to go to court. They are preparing the papers now. In 2010, approval was given to the Jonathan/Sambo campaign to raise fund (using such a platform).The rule seems to have changed in 2015.”

He, however, told the gathering that the fund-raising platform, which included the sale of scratch cards and donations into the designated First Bank Plc, was still valid.

The governor said although the platform was established when Buhari was seeking for the party’s nomination as flagbearer, it is still  running and supporters can still donate.

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