Plot To Remove Banire as APC’s National Legal Adviser Thickens
The Deputy Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, has dragged Banire before an Ikeja Division of the Lagos High Court over forgery of his purported withdrawal letter from the 2015 election into Lagos Island Constituency 1 of the House.
Banire has been at loggerheads with the Lagos State chapter over his criticism of Bola Tinubu and the party’s imposition of candidates for electoral positions in the July 22 local government elections.
Banire was on Thursday suspended by his ward in Mushin for alleged anti-party activities.
The suspension was, however, overruled by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) on Friday.
In a 37-paragraph supporting affidavit detailing Banire’s alleged offences, Eshilokun-Sanni averred that having scaled through the nomination and screening of aspirants processes, he contested the primaries of APC on December 2, 2014, along with seven other aspirants.
He says he emerged as the party’s candidate for election into Lagos Island Constituency 1 of the House of Assembly by pooling 186 votes out of the total number of 279 valid votes cast, with his closest rival, one Akeem Masha, pooling a distant 70 votes.
Eshilokun-Sanni said upon the announcement of his name as the winner of the primaries by the party, he received several congratulatory messages including words of praise from Governor Akinwunmi Ambode (who was then the party's candidate for the governorship polls).
However, according to the Lagos lawmaker, in a gross violation of his legal right as the duly elected candidate of the party, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) unlawfully substituted his name with that of Masha as the candidate of the party for the election based on a false withdrawal letter caused to be written by Banire in his capacity as National Legal Adviser.
Eshilokun-Sanni also accused Banire of involving in series of anti-party activities and breach of several provisions of APC Constitution such as Article 21 (a) (ii), Article 21 (a) (v), Article 21 (a) (v), among others.
Based on the foregoing, Eshilokun-Sanni is asking the court for a declaration that having breached the established legal principles but not limited to the provisions of the APC Constitution (2014), Mr. Banire be removed as National Legal Adviser.
In addition, the plaintiff wants a declaration that Banire is entitled to be expelled from the party or vacate office with immediate effect in accordance with Section 21 (d) (v) for the suit he instituted against the state chapter concerning the conduct of primaries for Local Government election.