By OLUGBENGA SOYELE, Lagos
The Deputy Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Wasiu Eshilokun Sanni has urged a Lagos High Court in Ikeja to remove the National Legal Adviser of All Progressives Congress (APC) Muiz Banire (SAN) from office over alleged forgery, anti-party activities and breach of constitution.
Sanni, in the suit he filed alongside two APC chieftains: Babatunde Kehinde and Alhaji Kazeem Olatunji is accusing Banire of allegedly forging his purported withdrawal letter from the 2015 election into the Lagos Island Constituency 1 of the State House Assembly.
The plaintiffs are therefore urging the court to declare Banire as not a fit and proper person to keep occupying the exalted office of the party’s National Legal Adviser owing to the forgery of the purported letter of withdrawal, series of anti-party activities and breach of several provisions of the APC Constitution.
In a 37-paragraph affidavit attached to tge suit, Sanni averred that having scaled through the nomination and screening of aspirants processes, he contested the primaries of APC on December 2, 2014 along with seven other aspirants and emerged as the party’s candidate for election into Lagos Island Constituency 1 of the House of Assembly by pooling 186 votes out of the total number of 279 valid votes cast, with his closest rival, one Akeem Masha pooling a distant 70 votes.
Sanni claimed that upon the announcement of his name as the winner of the primaries by the party, he received several congratulatory messages including from the then APC flag bearer for the 2015 governorship election in the state, Akinwunmi Ambode (now governor), while the party issued him with the nomination form as its candidate for the election.
However, he maintained that in gross violation of his legal right as the duly elected candidate of the party, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) unlawfully substituted his name with that of Masha as the candidate of the party for the election based on a false withdrawal letter caused to be written by Banire in his capacity as National Legal Adviser to INEC.