APC rejects resignation of Legal Adviser Banire enmeshed in judicial scandal

Muiz Banire

The National Working Committee, NWC, of the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, has rejected the offer to step aside by its National Legal Adviser, Muiz Banire.

An official of the party who declined to be named because he is not permitted to speak on the matter has confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that the offer was rejected.

“It is true, I have even seen a copy of the (rejection) letter today, the NWC has rejected the Legal Adviser’s request,” he said

Mr. Banire had three weeks ago written to the national chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, offering to step down from his office as National Legal Adviser following an investigation launched by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The anti-graft agency is investigating how N500,000 found in the account of a judge under scrutiny was traced to Mr. Banire.

Mr. Banire reportedly informed the EFCC that the money was a gift to the judge as contribution for the burial expenses of the latter’s late mother about three years ago.

Mr. Banire and the judge had been friends since their university and law school days, sources told PREMIUM TIMES.

In the letter rejecting Mr. Banire’s resignation, Mr. Odigie-Oyegun said the National Working Committee, NWC, rejected the offer.

Mr. Odigie-Oyegun said the NWC was proud of Mr. Banire’s conduct for his offer to step down, but added that “after intense discussion, the NWC unanimously decided not to accept your offer to step aside as the National Legal Adviser.”

The chairman in the letter dated December 1, said the decision of the NWC is based on the fact that Mr. Banire’s responsibility as the National Legal Adviser of the APC will not, “ in any way, impede any ongoing investigation by the EFCC, more so, as the allegation has no nexus with the party.”

“The party is currently saddled with a number of sensitive litigations and your role in professionally handling the ongoing cases is critical.

“The NWC is of the view that we keep to the credo of our jurisprudence where an accused is considered innocent until otherwise proven guilty by a competent jurisdiction. In this case you have not even been accused,” he said.


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  • Taiwo

    Just as he has undermined Saraki’s trial, Buhari will also make sure that the charges against Banire is eventually dropped.

  • KBE

    It was a contribution to the judge because they had been friends. This explanation is good enough to APC NWC but unacceptable when other lawyers presently being tried gave the same reason. Muiz the Father Christmas. The hypocrisy of this party called APC is legendary.

  • Sword of Damocles

    A worthless and DISGRACEFUL statement by Oyegun. And the statement makes no SENSE. indeed the term is not common at all.

  • abodes_124

    Una dey craze. How can APC man be involved in ‘corruption’. Next you will be asking GMB to account for the money and cars he received from Dasuki’s money meant for ‘our boys’ …. When the saints go marching in…..I want to be counted in their numbers …. . I don get my APOC card oh. go and get yours. today!

    • James Ojapa

      I dey go get my own o

  • Daniel

    As for this topic, the APC is a perfect metaphor of hypocracy.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Elucidate please.

      • Daniel

        Go to APC with a corrupt baggage and receive a saintly robe….

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Like Mai Mangoro, like Saraki, like Kalu, like Kuforiji, like Ladoja, like Akubeze?

          The problem with you people is that you are constantly in denial of reality. Even when it hits you in the face, you still find a way to deny the narrative because it doesn’t fit your jaundiced views.

          • Daniel

            Mr Soyemi ,it is rather you and others who are intellectually disingenuous that promote this monumental incompetence.

            We are tired of this WINDOW DRESSING.

            Those who packaged this change are joining the wailers’ club.

            There is dignity in changing your views, once it is no more TENABLE.

            I have a lot to gain in a better Nigeria, BUT NOT with jesters in government as obviously displayed in 21st century Nigeria.

          • Daniel

            What corruption and insecurity are being fought in the midst of HUNGER?

            Are they MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE?

            Commonsense tells the world : with hunger, insecurity and corruption can only grow in LEAPS AND BOUNDS.

            The poorest countries in the world have the highest ratings of insecurity and corruption.

            STOP insulating Buhari from the ECONOMY he has run aground.

            This intellectual dishonesty has to STOP.

            Intellectuals ,unlike pedestrians, are SUPPOSED to take TYRANNICAL and INCOMPETENT regimes to task.

            Mr. Soyemi STOP clapping for Buhari like a pedestrian.

          • Daniel

            Kay, I guess you have read Sanusi’s submission ont he economy today.

            What is your hero in Aso Rock doing Mr Soyemi?

            Wetin the man dey do?

  • Daniel

    And it seems PM has withheld my robust response to your take on how ‘well’ Buhari is fighting corruption.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Trust it wasn’t abusive.

  • Julius

    Legally, the party is correct but, wrong morally

  • Julius

    I agree. The party is morally wrong in doing this.

  • Curtx Maccido

    ‘Mr. Banire and the judge had been friends since their university and law school days….’ I am not sure the judge and banire had been friends since university and law school days, besides 500k was given to the judge around the time he had a case with the judge…thorough investigation is required and if possible prosecution. Horrible people!!