Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that he would waive his constitutional immunity to enable the “most robust adjudication” of several baseless allegations, insinuation and falsehoods against his person and office.
It is the first time in the Fourth Republic that a vice-president would be waiving his immunity to seek redress in a libel action.
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement in Abuja, said that the vice president made the declaration in a tweet he personally authored on Wednesday.
“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 tweeted.
The vice-president’s assertion came against the background of allegations levelled against him by Mr. Timi Frank, an ally of Atiku Abubakar who among others alleged that the vice-president was privy to the withdrawal of N90 billion from the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS for 2019 election purposes.