Following the viral reports of the parallel congress by members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to elect party State executives in Lagos State, the National Legal Adviser of the party, Dr Muiz Banire (SAN) has debunked the reports of his involvement or presence at the Lagos State Congress.
He noted that the report was mischievous adding that he was nowhere close to the Congress venue.
In a statement signed by the legal luminary and obtained by InsideMainland, he said; “My attention has been drawn to reports circulating on the social media suggesting that I was physically present at the State Congress of the All Progressive Congress said to have held at the Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos State today.
“I wish to state unequivocally that I was nowhere near the venue of this Congress or at the venue of any political gathering for that matter.”
He continued that; “As a matter of fact, I was in faraway Ilasamaja in Mushin Local Government Area where I was a guest at the lecture of the Ansarudeen Islamic Society which held from 9am till about 3.30pm. I couldn’t have replicated myself between Ilasamaja and Ikeja.
“I consider these reports as not only wicked and mischievous but irresponsible, and smacking of brazen sophistry”.
Commenting on his role as a National officer of the party, Banire said “I am very well aware of the constitutional burden of nonpartisanship in a matter of factional assemblies of the nature ongoing in Lagos State even as I am committed to discharging the ethos of my office as an objective arbitrator in all matters of this nature.
“Of course, I am aware of the desperate subterranean moves by some individuals to drag me into all these but I insist on standing above and beyond the fray, God’s willing.
Banire concluded saying; “On account of this, may I advise all friends, associates and well-wishers to disregard the report and be assured of my objective neutrality in this regards at all times.”