Vice President Osinbajo vows to clear his name over allegation

By Cyril Okonkwo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says he is ready to waive his constitutional immunity to clear his name over the N90 billion he allegedly received from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) for the funding of the 2019 elections.

Prof. Osinbajo made this declaration on his Twitter handle @ProfOsinbajo on Wednesday.

The full text of the tweet reads: “In the past few days, a spate of reckless and malicious falsehoods have been peddled in the media against me by a group of malicious individuals.

“The defamatory and misleading assertions invented by this clique had mostly been making the social media rounds anonymously. 

“I have today instructed the commencement of legal action against two individuals, one Timi Frank and another Katch Ononuju, who have put their names to these odious falsehoods.

“I will waive my constitutional immunity to enable the most robust adjudication of these claims of libel and malicious falsehood,” he concluded.

How we got here

A former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress APC, Timi Frank had alleged that the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) made N90 billion available to the vice president for the 2019 election campaign, an allegation that the tax agency has denied.

Frank had on Monday also claimed that the travails of Osinbajo were due to an alleged N90-billion scandal, and had nothing to do with 2023 politics.

He urged Osinbajo to sue him and to resign as the vice president to give room for a thorough investigation and unbiased prosecution in court.
Emmanuel Ukoh