APC Upholds Banire’s 10-year Sus­pen­sion

THISDAY - - NEWSEXTRA -

The Ward C chap­ter of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) in Mushin Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of La­gos State has up­held the de­ci­sion of its Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee rec­om­mend­ing the sus­pen­sion of the em­bat­tled Na­tional Le­gal Ad­viser of the party, Dr. Muiz Banire, for a pe­riod of 10 years for en­gag­ing in var­i­ous acts of anti-party ac­tiv­i­ties.

The chap­ter had set up the com­mit­tee chaired by Bo­laji Abass to in­ves­ti­gate the al­le­ga­tions con­tained in a pe­ti­tion writ­ten against Banire by two mem­bers of the party in the area, Olukay­ode Tunde Tolu and Ay­o­deji Ade­bayo.

Other mem­bers of the com­mit­tee in­cluded Laide Badru (Sec­re­tary), Wunmi Be­waji (Gen­eral Coun­sel) and Mrs Muinat Mustapha, while the sit­ting of the com­mit­tee was held on Au­gust 14, 2017 at Bishop Aggey Me­mo­rial School, Ilasamaja, with Banire shun­ning in­vi­ta­tion to de­fend the al­le­ga­tions against him.

Ac­cord­ing to the pe­ti­tion, the pe­ti­tion­ers (Olukay­ode and Ade­bayo) al­leged that aside the fact that Banire had been con­tin­u­ously ab­sented from ward meet­ings for more than two years con­trary to Ar­ti­cle 9 (2) (iii) of the party’s con­sti­tu­tion, he has also been en­gag­ing in un­re­strained me­dia cam­paigns against the party, its or­gans, lead­ers and func­tionar­ies, a de­vel­op­ment de­lib­er­ately cal­cu­lated to em­bar­rass the party and bring it into dis­re­pute con­trary to Ar­ti­cle 9 (2) (I) of the con­sti­tu­tion.

The pe­ti­tion read: “That the mem­ber (Banire) has openly been en­cour­ag­ing and in­cit­ing court ac­tions against the party, its or­gans and func­tionar­ies when in­ter­nal dis­pute res­o­lu­tion mech­a­nisms have not been ex­plored or ex­hausted con­trary to Ar­ti­cle 21 (A) (ii) of the con­sti­tu­tion.

“The mem­ber (Banire) has been con­duct­ing him­self in such a way and man­ner as to con­sti­tute a dis­trac­tion to the good poli­cies and pro­grammes of the gov­ern­ment of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari con­trary to Ar­ti­cle 21 (A) (ii) of the con­sti­tu­tion.

“That the mem­ber (Banire) col­lected cam­paign “ma­te­ri­als and lo­gis­tics” – for the 2015 gen­eral elec­tion and the re­cent lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions with­out de­ploy­ing, dis­burs­ing or ap­ply­ing same for the ben­e­fit of the party. He has failed to pay, as at when due or how­so­ever, party dues and levies.

“That the mem­ber (Banire) has been con­duct­ing him­self and con­tin­ues to con­duct him­self in such a way and man­ner as could jeop­ar­dise, en­dan­ger or dam­age the elec­toral for­tunes of the party and the party brand con­trary to Ar­ti­cle 21 (A) (ii) of the con­sti­tu­tion.”

After re­view­ing the al­le­ga­tions against Banire, the com­mit­tee, in its de­ci­sion, held that the em­bat­tled Le­gal Ad­viser be sus­pended from party ac­tiv­i­ties as well as de­barred from hold­ing any party of­fice or con­test­ing pub­lic of­fice on the plat­form of the party for a pe­riod of 10 years.

“In view of the grav­ity of the com­plaints as al­leged and proved, and to serve as de­ter­rence to oth­ers of his (Banire’s) ilk or sim­i­lar pro­cliv­ity, the afore­men­tioned pun­ish­ments shall run con­sec­u­tively with ef­fect from Mon­day, 21 Au­gust, 2017,” the com­mit­tee held.

How­ever, Banire has de­scribed those who claimed to be mem­bers of the party and pur­port­edly an­nounced his sus­pen­sion as an im­pos­tors.

He said they are fake and not known to the party in Mushin Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area.

Banire in a state­ment said he would not shy away from en­sur­ing the party fol­lows due process in its con­duct at all times.

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