Dr Muiz Banire, SAN, Board Chairman, Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON
The Eko Foundation, a group of prominent Lagos indigenes has lambasted the three senators representing Lagos State at the Senate for opposing the confirmation of Dr Muiz Banire, SAN as the Chairman of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON.
The group in a press statement issued on Wednesday in Lagos signed by Chief Kunle Uthman, the General Secretary and Prince Tokunbo Akinsemoyin, the group’s welfare secretary said the vendetta of the senators and their sponsors would rather undermine the interest of the state instead of Banire.
According to the statement titled, “Condemnable act of Lagos senators opposing the nomination of Dr Muiz Banire, SAN as chairman of AMCON”, the three senators betrayed the interest of the state because of political pettiness.
The group states, “We posit that this act of Senators is not in the interest, nor in consonance with the advancement of Lagos State in particular and is tantamount to betrayal of the principle of parity of representation in safeguarding our stake in national affairs.
“We are not unaware, but mindful of the intrigues within the All Progressives Congress, APC in Lagos State. However, we are of the firm conviction that the interest of Lagos State ought to be of paramount consideration.
“It is disheartening and sad that our senators have allowed themselves to be drawn into a squabble between two political gladiators at the detriment of the larger interest of the good people of Lagos State.
The group however fingered Bola Tinubu, a former governor of the state whom they described as non-indigene as the mastermind of the machinations against Banire.
The statement read, ‘We know as a fact that a very prominent and influential member of the APC and a former Senator and Governor of our state has not hidden his disdain and opposition to Dr Muiz Banire, SAN’ s nomination to the above position. It is true that this person is himself not an indigenes of Lagos State.
” It is therefore, difficult to rationalize the opposition of our senators to the appointment of a most worthy Lagosian, a Distinguished legal practitioner, a meritorious public servant and a former National Executive Member of the same party as these three senators.
“We believe that our senators are obliged to inform Lagosians in particular, and Nigerians in general, the motivation and the basis of their opposition.
“How on earth would Lagos Senators be acting against the interest of the constituency they are representing and whose interest ought to be paramount at all times.
“It is crystal clear that the failure of Lagos State to have indigenes occupy prominent positions in government within the Nigerian Federation is an albatross stifling its advancement and growth, and the act of these Senators lend credence to this abnormality.
“We know as a fact that the three senators are not indigenes of Lagos origin. While the Senator Oluremi Tinubu is an indigenes of Osun State from Iragbiji, the two other distinguished senators are from Ogun state. It is therefore easy to conclude that the letter was signed is ill-conceived.
“We are aware that there are 109 distinguished senators in the Senate, and each of them and everyone of them has a role to play in the confirmation of the Board of Directors of AMCON.
“We appreciate the 106 other distinguished senators for their uprightness and objectivity in the confirmation exercise.
“In conclusion, the treacherous act of the three senators is therefore condemnable and should determine their political future in our dear state