APC national legal adviser, Banire, suspended for anti-party activities

Muiz Banire

The executive committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Mushin, Lagos State has suspended national legal adviser, Muiz Banire, from the party.

It follows a recommendation by his ward (Ward C, Ilasamaja, Mushin), which accused him of various anti-party activities.

Banire, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), fell out with the party leaders after accusing them of imposition of candidates for last week’s local government elections in Lagos.

Acting secretary of his ward, Taofeek Ajani-Balogun, said the decision to suspend Banire was reached during a meeting held to review the last local government elections in the ward.

“After a critical assessment of individual activities and the performance of the Party during the last elections, members of the party in Ward C, Ilasamaja Mushin unanimously voted for the immediate suspension of Mr Muiz Banire from participating in party activities in the ward and his removal from office as national legal adviser,” Ajani-Balogun said.

Speaking further, the secretary said the meeting resolved to suspend the ward and local government chairmen and executive committee due to the poor results recorded in the last elections and has forwarded the ward’s decision for further deliberations and recommendations to the state chapter.

The alleged anti-party activities Banire is accused of include causing a legal representative to disavow the party in a law suit before the elections and working towards the electoral failure of the party.

Others are inciting the public against the interest of the party, falsely accusing the party of imposition in public thereby bringing the party into disrepute, disobeying and causing others to disobey lawful directives of the party causing disaffection within the party.

The party also accused Banire of causing his supporters to disrupt the peaceful process of efficient organisation of the party, particularly in respect of the campaigns of candidates of the party and causing fear and apprehension among party loyalists during the elections.