Ruling party calls for removal of legal adviser

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

Concerned members of the APC in Mushin, Lagos protesting the removal of the party’s national legal adviser, Muiz Banire for anti-party activities on Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hundreds of members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State have called for the expulsion of the National Legal Adviser of the party, Dr Muiz Banire.

The APC members who converged on the party secretariat, defied the early morning downpour as they protested at the Governor’s office to present a list of what they called anti-party activities on the part of Dr Banire.

They also presented copies of the list to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa and the State Chairman of APC, Dele Ajomale.

Speaking on behalf of the protesters, a Chieftain from Mushin Local Government Area, Mr Femi Martins listed some of the anti-party activities alleged committed by Banire to include sponsoring the publication of advertorials against the Party and granting of media interviews to embarrass the party.

According to Mr Martins, the actions are capable of attracting hatred, contempt, ridicule and disrepute upon the Party, as he also accused Dr Banire of intentional negligence of duties as the National Legal Adviser. 

“Dr Banire falsely accused the party of imposition, he has been carrying out anti-party activities against the forthcoming local government elections by encouraging some members to pick tickets of other parties,” he stated. 

EFCC probe
The protesters also alleged that Mr Banire had been working towards the electoral failure of the party and called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to prosecute him for his involvement in the widely publicised bribery allegation against a Judge of the National Industrial Court.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode however assured the APC members that the party leadership would take necessary action.

He also encouraged the members to troop out enmasse on Saturday to exercise their civic rights by voting to ensure the party’s victory in at the local government polls. 

“This petition will be presented to the State and National organs of the party to draw their attention to your patriotic principles and non-violent efforts, by the grace of God, on July 22, APC shall have victory at the polls,” he said.

The Governor spoke through his Special Adviser on Communities and Communications, Mr Kehinde Bamgbetan.

Meanwhile, Dr Muiz Banire has denied the allegations against him.

Dr Banire, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria said that it would be wrong for him as the National Legal Adviser of the ruling party to engage in anything that would destroy the party.

Mercy Chukwudiebere