By Ola Adeola
The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has rejected the resignation of Muiz Banire, his national legal adviser, for alleged N500,000 gift he gave to a judge. Banire’s well-publicised resignation, according to the APC’s National Working Committee (NWC), is “inappropriate”.
The party said Banire needn’t resign, “since your (Banire’s) responsibility as the National Legal Adviser of our party will not, in any way, impede any ongoing investigation by the EFCC, more so, as the allegation has no nexus with the party”.
“The party is currently saddled with a number of sensitive litigations and your role in professionally handling the ongoing cases is critical. The NWC is of the view that we keep to the credo of our jurisprudence where an accused is considered innocent until otherwise proven guilty by a competent jurisdiction. In this case you have not even been accused”.
Banire, a former commissioner in Lagos, was discovered to have given the gift to the judge, who he called a personal friend, three years ago. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is leading a purge of the judiciary, leading to discoveries of alleged graft given by litigants and lawyers to judges supposedly for personal interests.