- National legal adviser of APC, Muiz Banire, has said that the party is impotent and lacks disciplines
- He alleged that some people are treated as being bigger than the party
- Banire also noted that President Buhari was misled over the issue of tenure elongation for the party's executives
The national legal adviser of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Muiz Banire, has said that the party leadership is not only impotent but also lacks disciplines.
In an interview with the Nigerian Tribune, Banire, alleged that some people are treated as being bigger than the party, adding that there would not be peace unless the party obey the rule of law.
Legit.ng gathered that he affirmed that the party is in distress and needs urgent rescue.
He said: "Well, the problem is that when you give suggestions and people, for selfish reason and out of mischief at times, decide to cast it aside, the result we are experiencing now is what you get.
"Those who are experienced in this game will know that there are hardly any ways you can run a congress that will be rancour-free and you do not endanger the goal or the objective of your party when it is close to the general elections.
"It is never advisable and the good news is that, hiding under the constitutional provision of the APC and also the interpretation already given to it in the case of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), you have a way of protecting yourself strategically.
"But in the wisdom of some people, they felt this is the way to go and I know that, as at now, they should be happier that they have killed not less than 15 people, apart from other confusion around. If that was their goal and they have achieved it, we thank them, we appreciate and we leave them to God.
Banire added that: "Yes, that is the issue. That was why I said to you that until we resort to the rule of law, honestly there won’t be peace because the only option I continuously maintain is that the rule of law is different from the rule of mind.
"The only consequence or the only thing you can ever get from the rule of mind is anarchy. That is what we are witnessing. Any departure from the rule of law will lead you to jungle environment.
Speaking on the issue of tenure elongation for the party's executives, Banire said: "My view is that the president was misled by some people, probably out of mischief or ignorance of the law. Those people know themselves and honestly I know that they will be behind it.
"The president was at the meeting in which we took the decision, in the first instance. So coming back again and, of course, the president did indicate that he was advised by some people and I believe that those people who must have told him must either be ignorant of the position of the law or were acting relatively out of mischief.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and nine others have sued the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, over the conduct of ward and local government congresses of the party in Bauchi state.
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