By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
The National Legal Adviser of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Muiz Adeyemi Banire has stated that the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu never discussed with him regarding his (Tinubu’s) preferred candidate in the recently held Ondo governorship election.
Speaking during an a exclusive interview with our radio station, www.blackface.com.ng/radio, he dismissed any form of rift between him and Tinubu saying such suggestion is ‘baseless and reckless’.
Commenting on the role he played in the emergence of Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu as the candidate of the party during the crisis that resulted from the primaries conducted by the party, Banire stated that he acted professionally by upholding Akeredolu’s election.
“Asiwaju never told me he had a candidate in Ondo governorship election. He never discussed that with me. Review the process that threw up Akeredolu, all I can say is that I acted professionally in Ondo APC governorship.
“A primary for the selection of the party’s candidate was properly done. Petitions were sent, they were looked into and in reviewing the process, I acted legally by looking at the provisions of the party’s position.” He said.
On suggestion that the alleged rift between him and Tinubu might have been caused by his governorship ambition, Banire stated, “It has never been my ambition to become the governor of Lagos…you can ask Asiwaju if I have ever asked to be endorsed for the governorship. Any of such assertion is baseless and reckless. I am a professional not a politician.”
Appraising the current administration, Banire gave President Muhammadu Buhari kudos, saying the president is laying the needed foundation for the development of the country.
“What we have in Nigeria today can be likened to birth pain…Buhari is laying the needed foundations for the development of the country.” He said.
Reacting to the allegation of gross human rights violation, Banire stated that “To the best of my knowledge, the president is doing his best in adhering to the tenets of the rule of law.”
He defended the judiciary as being riddled with corruption, saying “Though judges are poorly paid but I can categorically tell you today that there are more than a thousand judges that are in the judiciary, so if a few of them might be but not all of them are corrupt.”
Tinubu didn’t tell me he had anointed candidate for Ondo poll-Banire
By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos