BY GEORGE OKOJIE, Lagos
The National Legal Adviser of All Progressives Congress (APC) Dr. Muiz Banire yesterday raised the alarm over threats to his life, saying his life was being threatened for opposing imposition of candidates by certain individuals in APC in the forthcoming Lagos Local Government polls.
Banire in a statement he personally signed made available to journalists said as the custodian of the party’s constitution it will not be right for him to watch and allow candidates chosen by the people replaced overnight by candidates preferred by the political godfathers, saying fake protest financially induced was being planned against him in Lagos today.
He said, “It has come to my attention the rent-a-crowd rally being organised by one Mr.Seye Oladejo, former Chairman of Mushin Local Government and the current Special Assistant to the Governor of Lagos State on the Environment 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.”
Banire notified members of the public and progressive members of APC not to be confused by the antics of those he called,” 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.
“A life without a worthy principle is not worth living.”