I Will Waive Immunity to Prove My Innocence: Osinbajo Fights Back Against Allegations

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SWITZERLAND, SEPTEMBER 25 – The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, (SAN) has begun to fight back against grievous, unproven allegations against him, even as he faces a series of developments that have undermined his influence in the government.

The Economic Management Team (EMT), which he has chaired since the inception of this administration was recently replaced with the Economic Advisory Council (EAC). According to the presidency, the EAC will now advise the president on economic matters; a role that the EMT had previously performed.

This was followed by the media report indicating that the president had directed all agencies operating under the supervision of the Vice President to report directly to him and that the Vice president should seek authorisation from the president.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Osinbajo declared his readiness to waive his constitutional immunity to clear his name against several allegations, insinuation, and falsehoods on his person and office.

These include an allegation that he took N90 billion from the Federal Inland Revenue Services(FIRS) to use for the 2019 presidential election and insinuations that the EFCC is probing the National Social Investment Programs(N-SIP) which he supervised.

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.”

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