You can’t suspend Banire, APC tells Mushin exco

Muiz Banire

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed the suspension of the party’s National Legal Adviser, Muiz Banire, by the Executive Committee in Mushin Local government area of Lagos State.

In a statement signed by National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, on Friday, the party stated “categorically that the purported suspension is a nullity as the local chapter of the party does not have such powers to suspend a national officer. According to the party’s constitution, such powers reside with the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.”

Acting Secretary of Ward C, Ilasamaja, Mushin, Taofeek Ajani-Balogun, had said in a statement on Thursday that the decision to suspend Banire was reached during a meeting held to review the last local government elections in the ward.

Banire, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), fell out with party leaders in the state after accusing them of imposition of candidates for the elections held last Saturday.

That pitched him against the Lagos State Government and former Governor Bola Tinubu.

The NWC statement, however, advised that whatever issues there might be, “our party structure and constitution provide ample avenues for redress and dispute resolution.

“If the local chapter is unable to achieve a resolution, the NWC can and will wade in the matter to achieve amicable settlement.”