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#Update: Ambode is persecuting me, APC National Legal Adviser cries out

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The National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muiz Banire, has accused the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, of persecution.

Although both men are from the same Lagos State and are members of Nigeria’s ruling party, they belong to different factions of the party which has virtually been at war with itself in various states since it won the 2015 general elections in Nigeria.

Mr. Banire opposed Mr. Ambode’s choice as APC candidate in the build up to the 2015 governorship election in Lagos. The Lagos governor, a close ally of party leader, Bola Tinubu, has also been trying to remove Mr. Banire as the national legal adviser of the party and is believed to have engineered his suspension from the Mushin, Lagos local chapter of the APC.

In a statement on Wednesday, Mr. Banire accused the governor and the Lagos government of plotting to demolish a house he acquired from the federal government.

The Lagos government “is hell-bent on persecuting my family for no reason besides that I insisted on the need to observe the rule of law,” he said.
He made reference to a house in Ikeja, Lagos where he said his mother lives and which he said he and his siblings acquired, through a lease, from the federal government.

“My siblings and I acquired a lease of the property known as 24A, Remi Fani-Kayode Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos from the Federal Government to serve as residence for my aged mother,” the politician said.

He said a notice by a Lagos government ministry demanded “within 24 hours, proof of planning permit obtained before the building was constructed.

“The contravention notice further threatened demolition of my mother’s two-bedroom bungalow within 48 hours of the notice.”

Read Mr. Banire’s full statement below.

Distinguished gentlemen of the Press, it has become imperative for me to urgently issue this press statement to notify all men and women of good conscience on untoward activities of the current government in Lagos State that is hell-bent on persecuting my family for no reason besides that I insisted on the need to observe the rule of law.

Notice came to me yesterday, the 14th day of November, 2017 at about 6 p.m. while on lesser hajj in Saudi Arabia about a notice of contravention purportedly served on the residence of my 90-year-old mother, Sarat Banire, at her 24A, Remi Fani Kayode Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos by the agents of Lagos State Government from the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development demanding within 24 hours, proof of planning permit obtained before the building was constructed. The contravention notice further threatened demolition of my mother’s two-bedroom bungalow within 48 hours of the notice.

It behoves me to put the record straight. My siblings and I acquired a lease of the property known as 24A, Remi Fani-Kayode Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos from the Federal Government to serve as residence for my aged mother. The lease covered the 2-bedroom bungalow already on the land together with a boys’ quarter. I did not have any reason to rebuild the house or do any further construction as the place was fit for the purpose for which it was acquired on lease.

Culled  from PT

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