APC overrules suspension of legal adviser, Muiz Banire

John Odigie-Oyegun, APC Chairman
John Odigie-Oyegun, APC Chairman

The All Progressive Congress, APC, has quashed the suspension of its legal adviser, Muiz Banire, by the party’s executive committee of his local government area.

The executive committee of the APC in Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State had on Thursday announced that Mr. Banire had been suspended for alleged anti-party activities during last week’s local government elections in the state.

It said the suspension followed a recommendation by his ward (Ward C, Ilasamaja, Mushin).

According to the Acting Secretary of the Ward, Taofeek Ajani-Balogun, the decision to suspend Mr. Banire from the party was reached during the ward meeting held to review the 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 Banire from participating in party activities in the Ward and his removal from office as National Legal Adviser.

But in a statement from Abuja on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, the party said only the National Executive Committee has the power to suspend a national officer.

“The attention of the National Working Committee, NWC of APC had 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 statement said “whatever issues there might be, the 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,” the statement concluded.


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  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    “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.” – APC

    So, of what use is the Party Constitutional requirement that people must register and become members at the ward or local level?

    I don’t have a nay or yay in this matter, but if there’s ever an oxymoron, this is one.

    • George

      Your Tinubu has kissed the the ground again and again and again.

      National officer can only be suspended by National level pls pass that message to your dead leader Tinubu.

      • Lukman Asifat

        I think this platform is meant for reasonable and intelligent people but alas the maggots infested brains are here.Wishing someone dead because of his political activities can be best described as lunatic behavior.

      • The facts

        I think what the local party should have done is to just suspend him as a party member not as a national executive. By the way, before suspending him was he even summoned for a disciplinary hearing? In fact, Nigeria is a jungle.

  • George

    Tinubu lost one more and Oyegun gain one more point.

    Those who fetches wood with ants will always have lizards as their visitors.

  • Gary

    Good move by APC Headquarters to stand by Mr. Banire’s principled stance against tyranny and lack of democracy in the affairs of the party in Lagos.
    We have just witnessed the imposition of a slate of so-called “consensus candidates” in the farcical council polls conducted in Lagos.
    Obviously, like the Bourbon kings of France, Alhaji Bola Tinubu has learned nothing nor forgotten about letting the people freely choose who governs them. We can only thank God that he has not succeeded in imposing his leadership style on the National Assembly; the source of his continued efforts at undermining that institution of our democracy.

  • Say the truth

    Scene 2 act 1. Heavyweight boxing fight between Oyegun and Tinubu.