In the aftermath of the anti-party activities and other allegations levied against the embattled National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Muiz Banire, the legal luminary reportedly failed to appear before the Disciplinary Committee set up by the party in Ward C of Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The Disciplinary Committee which was meant to adjudicate on allegations of anti-party activities and misappropriation of campaign materials and logistics levied against Dr. Banire reportedly sat on Monday, August 14, 2017.
The Committee had summoned Banire to appear before its sitting by 10am on Monday at Bishop Aggey Memorial School, Ilasamaja, Mushin to defend the allegations contained in a petition written against him by two members of the party in the area, Mr Olukayode Tunde Tolu and Mr Ayodeji Adebayo.
As early as 7am, members of the party in the area started trooping to the venue of the sitting, while the members of the Panel waited till about 11:20am before commencing the business of the day, P.M News reports.
In the petition, the petitioners are asking that Dr. Banire be suspended from the party and debarred from holding any party office as well as contesting office on the platform of the party for a period of ten years.
They alleged that aside the fact that Dr. Banire had been continuously absent from ward meetings for more than two years contrary to Article 9 (2) (iii) of the party’s Constitution, he has also been engaging in unrestrained media campaigns against the party, its organs, leaders and functionaries, a development deliberately calculated to embarrass the party and bring it into disrepute contrary to Article 9 (2) (I) of the Constitution.
The petition reads in part: “That the member (Banire) has openly been encouraging and inciting Court actions against the party, its organs and functionaries when internal dispute resolution mechanisms have not been explored or exhausted contrary to Article 21 (A) (ii) of the Constitution.
“The member (Banire) has been conducting himself in such a way and manner as to constitute a distraction to the good policies and programmes of the Government of President Muhammadu contrary to Article 21 (A) (ii) of the Constitution.
“That the member (Banire) collected campaign “materials and logistics” – for the 2015 general elections and the recent Local Government Elections without deploying, disbursing or applying same for the benefit of the party. He has failed to pay, as at when due or howsoever, party dues and levies.
“That the member (Banire) has been conducting himself and continues to conduct himself in such a way and manner as could jeopardize, endanger or damage the electoral fortunes of the party and the party brand contrary to Article 21 (A) (ii) of the Constitution.”
It would be recalled that party leaders and members in Mushin had staged a protest to the Governor’s office in Alausa where they submitted a petition for onward transmission to the national APC leadership demanding Dr. Banire’s expulsion from the party.
They alleged that Dr. Banire intentionally neglected his duties as the party’s legal adviser by failing to defend the party’s interest in a law suit, and also going to the ridiculous and unprofessional extent of causing a legal representative to disavow the party in the said law suit.
Speaking on the development, the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee, Mr Bolaji Abass, said the job of the Committee was “simply to examine the allegations levied against Dr. Banire by concerned members of the party. The Committee would be fair in arriving at its decision which would then be submitted to the Ward Executive of the party for onward delivery to the Local Government and then State Executive of APC.”