The All Progressives Congress (APC) political party has rejected the offer by its National Legal Adviser, Dr. Muiz Banire (SAN), to step aside from his position pending the conclusion of an investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on an alleged N500,000 bribe to a judge.
Banire had in a letter dated November 8, 2016 which he wrote to the APC National Executive Committee through the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie- Oyegun, and copied to President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, said he was stepping down pending the outcome of the EFCC investigation.
The anti-graft commission had on November 3, 2016 questioned Banire in relation to a sum of N500,000 he paid at a time into the account of Justice J.T. Agbadu-Fishim of the National Industrial Court.
In its reply to Banire, the National Working Committee of the APC in a letter dated December 1 and signed by its chairman, Odigie-Oyegun, stated that the “National Working Committee of the Party (NWC), received and deliberated on your letter referred above dated 8th November, 2016, and resolved that your voluntary submission for investigation by the EFCC and subsequent offer to step aside from your position as National Legal Adviser to the Party is an exemplary representation of the credo of our Party.