He made his decision known in a letter dated November 8, written to the APC national executive committee through the national chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, and copied to President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. According to him, he was stepping down pending the outcome of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) investigation.
Banire said it was in the interest of the image of the party.
The APC national legal adviser is being investigated by the EFCC for allegedly giving N500,000 to Justice Terseer Agbadu-Fishim of the National Industrial Court.
He was quizzed for about seven hours on Thursday, November 3, by the anti-graft agency. Reacting to the allegation, Banire claimed the money was a gift to the judge who he referred to as an old friend.