The All Progressives Congress (APC) has overturned the suspension of its legal adviser, Muiz Banire. The executive committee of the APC in Mushin local government area of Lagos state announced the suspension of Banire on Thursday over alleged anti-party activities during the local government elections in the state last week.
According to the secretary of Banire’s ward, Ward C, Ilasamaja, Mushin, Taofeek Balogun, the decision was reached at a meeting held to review the LG elections in the ward. However, on Friday morning, in a statement made available to the Street Journal, the Party’s national publicity secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi said that only the party’s national executive committee could 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.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 an amicable settlement,”