BREAKING: Banire Shuns Panel Probing Him For Alleged Anti-party Activities
The embattled National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muiz Banire, did not show up on Monday at the first hearing of a disciplinary committee set up by the party's ward in Mushin, Lagos, to probe him.
Banire has been accused of anti-party activities, misappropriation of campaign materials and logistics by some members of the party in the ward.
He is reported to be in a running battle with the National leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, and the leadership of the party in Lagos state.
The petitioners and members of the committee had arrived at the venue of the hearing in Mushin Sports Centre, but the man in the eye of the storm did not bother to send a message or a representative.
In a letter dated August 10, 2017 signed by the Secretary of the Committee, Badru Olaide, Banire was directed to appear before the Committee to defend allegations contained in a petition written against him by concerned members of the party.
According to the letter which was published in some national dailies on Friday, Banire was to appear before the sitting of the Committee scheduled to hold by 10am on Monday, August 14, 2017 at Mushin Sports Centre in Bishop Aggey Memorial School, Ilasamaja.
“The business of the sitting is to examine, hear and determine the complaints against you (Banire) by concerned members of our party,” Olaide said, adding that Banire is at liberty to attend with legal practitioners of his choice and relevant documents and witnesses.
In the petition written by two members of the party – Olukayode Tunde Tolu and Ayodeji Adebayo, the petitioners are asking that Banire be suspended from the party and debarred from holding any party office for a period of ten years.
Following their request, Banire was expelled by his ward in Mushin, but that decision was, however, overruled by the National leadership of the party in Abuja.