The National Legal Adviser of All Progressives Congress, APC, Dr. Muiz Banire, SAN, has called on the electorate in Lagos State to troop out and vote for candidates of their choice during Saturday’s (July 22nd) election for chairmen and councilors in the 57 local governments and local council development areas in the state.
He also reiterated that no amount of campaign of calumny or threat to life shall deter him from maintaining his principled stand to ensure internal democracy in the party adding that there is no cause for alarm.
It would be recalled that Banire had recently faulted the procedure adopted by the Lagos chapter of the APC in selecting its flag bearers for the chairmanship and councillorship positions, a stand that had been condemned by some members of the party who called for his sack.
On Tuesday, some members of the party from Mushin local government area where Banire hails from protested to the Alausa seat of power calling for strong action against him.
Apparently pre-empting the protest, the National Legal Adviser said: “On the election, there is no cause for alarm particularly in view of the recent amendment of Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, LASIEC which amounts to changing the game midstream. People should troop out to vote for candidates of their choice and defend their votes” .
The statement read in part: “It has come to my attention that a rent-a-crowd rally is being organised by one Mr. Seye Oladejo, former Chairman of Mushin Local Government and the current Commissioner for Special Duties in Lagos State with the assistance of some elements to destroy the democratic aspirations of the people. The said rally is being planned to hold this week.
“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 counselor 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 organizers of this conscienceless rally.
“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. A life without a worthy principle is not worth living”.
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