The All Progressives Congress has said it would go to court to challenge the shutdown of some of its fundraising platforms by the federal government through the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC).
This was disclosed by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, at a meeting of the Fund Raising Directorate of the APC Presidential Council, in Abuja, on Sunday.
“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 platform).The rule seems to have changed in 2015,” he said.
The governor, while lamenting the predicament, said the party was left with no other choice but to seek legal redress, adding that the NCC’s action was clearly a breach of constitutional provisions as well as double standards.
Fashola said the directive to shut the platform was contained in a letter dated January 19 with reference number NCC/CAB/GEN/2015/VOL.1/004, which was signed by officials of the NCC.
According to the governor, those who signed the ‘offensive’ directive were the Director of Consumer Affairs, Maryam Bayi, and the Head of Legal and Regulatory Services, Yinka Akinloye, on behalf of the NCC Executive Vice-Chairman, Dr. Eugene Juwah.
Explaining the double standard, Fashola said in 2010, approval was given to the Jonathan/Sambo campaign organisation to raise funds using such platform, whereas the APC was being denied the same right in 2015.
Fashola, who is the director of Buhari/Osibanjo Campaign Fund, 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.