By The Glintstone
Muiz Banire, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, and a powerful member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has revealed that he will challenge Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 2023.
The Glintstone can report that Barrister Banire, will run against the former Governor of Lagos, who was amongst those who worked to merge various parties together to form the APC, which went on to be the first party to remove an incumbent President through the ballot box.
Barrister Banire, SAN, who holds a very important role as the legal adviser of the APC, will do so on a different party from APC or PDP.
Asiwaju Tinubu, popularly known as BAT or Jagaban to his followers, has not announced officially any plans to run for President in 2023, however, many of his followers have hinted that he wants to.
Last week, the Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who had the backing of Asiwaju Tinubu in the 2019 elections, officially launched South West Agenda for Asiwaju – SWAGA 2023, a campaign group to support the campaign of his benefactor.
Speaking in an interview with Channels TV anchor man Seun Okinbaloye on October 17, Barrister Banire, who served as Commissioner for Special Duties, under Asiwaju Tinubu, said that no one should “rule” him out from the contest for the number one seat in Nigeria.
He said “It is a possibility,” a very strong probability sef.” To which Mr Okinbaloye responded by saying, “interesting.”
The comment was made when Barrister Banire, a lecturer with a PhD in property law, was asked if he would support the candidacy of Tinubu or any other person.
He said he himself was in the running, however, “it will not be PDP or APC.”
“Certainly, that much I can tell you,” he enthusiastically added.
A few others have also announced that they intend to run in 2023. Some of them include the former Governor of Ekiti, Ayo Fayose and the Governor of Kogi, Yahaya Bello.
Barrister Banire known for being outspoken, had previously clashed with Asiwaju Tinubu, when he insisted that direct primaries should be used in selecting candidates for the party.
It is widely reported that this did not go well with Asiwaju Tinubu, who is often referred to as the National Leader of the party, but does not hold an official position on the BOT of the APC.
In the 2019 election, the ideas brought by the former Commissioner was implemented by the party. Direct primaries was used to select the governorship candidate of the APC in Ogun and other places.
The party candidate, Dapo Abiodun went on to win the elections, but many believe that the party chairman at the time, did not follow the tenet of democracy because he cancelled the primaries, only to hold another where the results were announced in Mr Abiodun’s favour.
The result is that the aggrieved candidate decided to run on another platform, although he did not win.
Once again, Adekunle Akinlade, is set to challenge Governor Abiodun for the office in 2023. A few days ago, the ruling party held it congress to select state executives, but in Ogun two officials were elected to represent the factional sides.
Speaking on this issue, Barrister Banire, said “the implication is simple, that is the factionalisation of the party all over. It started from the ward congresses through to the local government, the state and then it is not unexpected, because even at the national convention, you are likely to have the same thing.”
“If you recall vividly a few month ago, I did predict it that it will happen and that certainly the intrusion in my very strong view is inevitable and I think that at the end of the day, it is not unlikely that you find a situation where most of this people that are already outside or declared to be outside by the National Secretary of the Caretaker committee will find themselves elsewhere to another platform and I think that will be the eventual consequence.”