The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, (SAN) has declared his readiness to waive his constitutional immunity to clear his name against several allegations, insinuation, and falsehoods on his person and office.
Prof. Osinbajo made this declaration in a tweet he personally authored this afternoon.
Below is the full text of his tweet:
“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.”
Timi Frank, a former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had alleged that the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) made N90 billion available to the vice president for election campaign, an allegation that the tax agency has denied.
Frank has since responded urging the FIRS to stop deceiving Nigerians.
Frank said he cannot be intimidated by the agency’s threat to sue him, describing the agency’s statements as a “puerile attempt to sweep the main issues in his public statement under the carpet”.
He said the FIRS cannot continue to deceive Nigerians by claiming “unfounded budgetary fidelity”.