APC Panel Recommends 10-year Suspension Of Banire
The Ward C chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State has upheld the decision of its disciplinary committee, recommending the suspension of Muiz Banire, the embattled National Legal Adviser of the party, for a period of 10 years.
He is accused of engaging in various anti-party activities and misappropriation of campaign materials and logistics.
The chapter had set up the committee chaired by Bolaji Abass to investigate the allegations contained in a petition written against Banire by 2 members of the party in the area, Olukayode Tunde Tolu and Ayodeji Adebayo.
Other members of the committee are Laide Badru (Secretary), Wunmi Bewaji (General Counsel) and Muinat Mustapha,
The committee held a sitting on August 14, 2017 at Bishop Aggey Memorial School, Ilasamaja, but Banire shunned the invitation to defend the allegations against him.
After reviewing the allegations against Banire, the committee, in its decision, held that he should be suspended from taking part in the APC's activities as well as barred from holding any party office.
They also want him restricted from contesting for public office on the platform of the party for a period of 10 years.
Presenting the report to the party’s ward executive on Wednesday, Bolaji Abbas, the Chairman of the committee, said the panel had found Banire culpable of allegations against him after careful and thorough examination.
While receiving the report, the Acting Chairman of the Ward C of the APC, said the report would be forwarded to the Mushin Local Government Chapter of the party for necessary action.
"Yes! We have received the report today, but we will forward it to the party’s executive at the local government who will act on it,” he told Bounce News on phone.
"We set up this committee to give Banire fair hearing on the allegations written against him by members of the party but unfortunately he decided not to honour the invitation of the committee
"The committee has made its decision which the party has adopted at the Ward level."
The ward had, before the hearing of the petition by the panel, earlier announced the suspension of Banire over the same allegations.
The National Working Committee of the party had, however, nullified the suspension, saying the ward lacked the power to suspend a national officer.
Banire had also described his suspension as laughable, saying it was an orchestrated attempt at stopping him from entrenching internal democracy in the state’s chapter of the party.