By Emmanuel Elebeke
Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, yesterday, dismissed the allegation by Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola, that the Commission shut APC’s SMS platform established by his team to raise fund for General Muhammadu Buhari’s election campaign.
Juwah said it was wrong for the governor to make such an unfounded allegation, when the rules regulating SMS platform on the nation’s telecommuni- cation network were not made for political gains.
The EVC stated this at African Preparatory Meeting, APM 15/3) for the World Radiocommunication Conference, holding in Abuja, Nigeria.
The Lagos State Governor had, last Thursday, accused the NCC of shutting down the SMS platform by his team to encourage small donors to support the APC presidential campaign.
The governor, who described the directive as a betrayal of democratic ideals, asked President Goodluck Jonathan to live by his democratic ideals and honour the peace pact he signed by directing the NCC to restore the 35350 platform.
Fashola, who is the Director of the Buhari-Osinbajo Presidential Campaign Fund-raising Committee, described the NCC’s action as a “disgraceful repression of freedom.”
The EVC described the allegation by the governor as baseless and unfounded, saying the NCC as a public agency, was non-political and “does not make rules for election purposes.
“We are a public service agency, we are not political, people are allowed to raise money, but they must conform with the rules. We didn’t make these rules looking at elections but in the interest of development of the telecommu nications industry and we’ll keep those rules whether there is election or not,” he explained.