National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muiz Banire has alleged threats to his life and denounced Tuesday’s planned protest against him by a group he said was sponsored to tarnish his image for standing against imposition of candidate by party leadership.
The judgment of the Lagos High Court nullifying the primaries of the APC in Odi Olowo Local Council Development Area, LCDA has caused crisis in the area. While Banire supported and fought for the nullification, some powerful players in the area were against him.
Banire, in a statement on Monday said his attention had been drawn to the rent-a-crowd rally being organised by one Mr.Seye Oladejo, former Chairman of Mushin Local Government and the current Commissioner for Special Duties in Lagos with the assistance of some elements to destroy the democratic aspirations of the people.
“The said rally is being planned to hold on Tuesday the 18th day of July, 2017. It is saddening to note that not satisfied with the several threat to life messages emanating from their quarters and addressed to me to intimidate me, these rudderless agents of anti-democratic practices in Lagos State have perfected plans to carry out a financially induced protest march against me in order to impose their soulless campaign of imposition of candidates against the people of Lagos State.
“We use this medium to reiterate that no amount of campaign of calumny or threat to life shall deter me from maintaining my principled position on the need to allow internal democracy in our great party, All Progressives Congress. This is uncompromisable in order to instill sanity in our democratic experiment and allow progressive development in Nigeria.
“As the National Legal Adviser of APC, I am the custodian of the constitution of our great party and the counsellor of the party on legal matters. It would be most destructive to find me lending my weight in favour of imposition of candidates on the members of the party in order to promote a culture of personality cult advancement being nursed and nurtured by the likes of the organisers of this conscienceless rally,” he said.
According to Banire, “I hereby notify the general members of the public and our progressive members of APC not to be confused by these agents of dictatorship who would level allegation of anti-democratic stance against other political parties in power but would savour every bit of dictatorship when they hold the reins of power.”