An official of the party who declined to be named because he is not permitted to speak on the matter has confirmed to PT that the offer was rejected.
He said, "It is true, I have even seen a copy of the (rejection) letter today, the NWC has rejected the Legal Adviser’s request."
Mr. Banire had three weeks ago written to the national chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, offering to step down from his office as National Legal Adviser following an investigation launched by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The anti-graft agency is investigating how N500,000 found in the account of a judge under scrutiny was traced to APC legal adviser Mr. Banire.
He reportedly informed the EFCC that the money was a gift to the judge as contribution for the burial expenses of his late mother about three years ago.