Ambode Vs Banire: Lagos State Moves To Demolish Home Of Banire's 90-Yr Old Mother
The National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Muiz Banire, has accused the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, of persecution, and this time his mother is the target of said oppression.
The Lagos State government has effected plans to demolish the home of Banire's 90-yr old mother's Ikeja home.
You see, although both men are members of Nigeria’s ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), they belong to different factions of the party which have virtually been at war with itself in various states since it won the 2015 general elections.
Banire has been having a running battle with the leadership of the party in the state over the choice of local government chairmanship candidates for the party in the LG elections held on July 23.
He had opposed most of the candidates appointed by Ambode and the party leadership.
Since the fallout, Ambode, a close ally of the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, has also been trying to remove Banire as the National Legal Adviser of the party and is believed to have engineered his suspension from the Mushin, Lagos local chapter of the APC.
The party's national leadership, however rejected Banire's suspension from the party.
Not satisfied with the decision of the national leadership, loyalists of Ambode and Tinubu have been trying to nail Banire.
The governor is believed to finally come up with another excuse to persecute Banire.
The governor, through the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, is planning to demolish Banire's mother house in Ikeja.
The ministry has issued a contravention notice on the residence of the 90-year-old mother of Banire
The building is situated at 24A, Remi Fani-Kayode Street, GRA, Ikeja,
The notice contained a demand that Banire's mother, Sarat Banire, should, within 24 hours, provide the planning permit obtained before the building was constructed.
The contravention also contained a threat that the two-bedroom bungalow will be demolished within 48 hours of service of the notice.
But Banire in a statement on Wednesday said he acquired the two-bedroomed bungalow on lease from the Federal Government and the family only renovated it.
He condemned the request of the state government for a building permit on a property he claimed was constructed by the Federal Government.
The ministry's action is coming less a week after the house of a former Deputy Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Funmilayo Tejuosho, was sealed by police operatives who were alleged to be acting on the directive of the Lagos State Government.
Tejuosho, who is from Mushin constituency is a loyalist of Banire.
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