‘Political thugs stage protest to disrupt LG elections’

By Adaku Onyenucheya   |   18 July 2017   |   2:42 am

Dr. Muiz Banire

With few days to the Local Government Council elections, the National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress, Muiz Banire (SAN) has alleged that a rent-a-crowd rally has been staged to disrupt the upcoming elections in Lagos State.

He alleged that a former chairman of one of the local councils, with the assistance of some anti-democratic agents, have planned a rally scheduled to hold today, with the aim of destroying the democratic aspirations of the people.

According to a statement made available to The Guardian, Banire alleged that, despite the several threat to life messages sent to intimidate him, the anti-democratic agents have perfected plans to carry out the financially induced protest march against him in order to impose their campaign of imposition of candidates against the people of Lagos State.

The statement reads: “It has come to my attention that a rent-a-crowd rally is being organised by a former local council chairman, 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.

“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 (APC). 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.”

He, however, urged, the general public and members of the APC in Lagos State to disregard the agents of dictatorship, who would level allegation of anti-democratic stance against other political parties in power, as they savour every bit of dictatorship when they hold the reins of power.


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