The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has called on the three Senators representing Lagos State at the National Assembly not to allow themselves to be used to sabotage AMCON chairmanship slot.
President Muhammadu Buhari had nominated Muiz Banire’s confirmation as chairman, Governing Board of Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), in compliance with Section 10(1) of the AMCON Act 2010.
But Senators (Mrs) Remi Tinubu, Olamilekan Solomon, and Gbenga Ashafa, asked the Senate not to confirm the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
Rising in his defence on Sunday, ADP Lagos State Chairman, Nasir Adewale Bolaji, stated that moves to block the confirmation were pure “greed of those who would rather destroy everything just to score a cheap political point for personal gain”.
Bolaji, at a meeting with party stakeholders, said: “In as much as we don’t want to interfere in the affairs of the ruling APC, it will be injustice to Lagosians to keep mum as a major stakeholder in the “Project Lagos” knowing that the blockage of the confirmation may be connected with the spat between a National Leader of APC (Bola Tinubu) and the former APC National Legal Adviser, Mr Muiz Banire (SAN).
“As a party who is concerned with the progress of Lagos state, we find it disturbing that lawmakers elected to serve the interest of the state have descended so low as to abandoned their duties as legislators and decided to serve the interest of their godfather alone. It is the opinion of our party that personal political war between the two political leaders should not be allowed to affect the overall interests of all Lagosians.
“We are calling on the three senators representing Lagos State at the Senate to forthwith withdraw their rejections to the confirmation of Dr Muiz Banire, SAN as the Chairman of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON, as further opposition would be construed as a direct assault on the state and its people.
“May I warn that ADP would no longer tolerate sabotage of the interest of Lagos state and we will not hesitate to mobilise the people of the state against the Senators if they refuse to refrain from their anti-development stance.”
Banire had personally reacted to the lawmakers’ opposition.
He said: “I am already demonstrating through my activities and engagements in several other spheres that I do not need to occupy a public office to add value to our community and nation.
“My relevance does not lie in public office or wealth. It is not unexpected that we would continue to face this opposition in the struggle for the positive change.”