The APC National Heafquarters has overruled its Mushin Local Government Area chapter over the suspension of the National Legal Adviser, Mr. Muiz Banire.
The Ilasamaja Ward C of the APC in Mushin had sent Banire packing from the party for what it described as anti-party activities. The Mushin council APC followed suit and asked for his removal as National Legal Adviser
The Acting Chairman of the APC in Mushin LGA, Mr. Sola Osobajo, said, “After receiving the minutes of the Ward C meeting, and having carefully considered the decision of Ward C leadership, we decided to adopt the resolution for further necessary action at the state and national levels. The party leadership in Mushin further recommended to the state chapter the expulsion of Banire from the party.”
However, Banire in a statement he signed on Thursday, however, questioned the powers of his traducers.
“If these crooked elements were members of the party, they would know that by the constitution of the APC, it is the National Executive Committee that can remove a national officer of the party responsible for the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
“I urge the members of the public to ignore these undesirable and mischievous elements together with their antics,” he said.
Banire’s position was upheld by the APC Friday in a statement by its spokesman, Mallam Bolaji Abdulahi.
The statement reads: “The attention of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to the purported suspension of the Party’s National Legal Adviser, Dr. Muiz Banire (SAN) by the Party’s executive committee in Mushin Local government area of Lagos State.
“We wish to state 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.
“The Party advises 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.”