A former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank has dared Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to resign and sue him for libel, if he was certain the N90 billion fraud allegation against him was false.
He also said that the Vice President should extend same suit to recent allegations against him from all quarters.
He was responding to Osinbajo’s vow on Wednesday to waive his immunity in order to make himself available for probe and to sue Frank.
In a statement he released on Thursday, Frank asked why Osinbajo failed to do the same vow when the issue of alleged misappropriation of 5.8 billion contract at NEMA was also levelled against him.
“Why didn’t he sue the wife of the President when she alleged that the Social Investment Programme of this administration has failed. As one who oversees that, I would have expected him to sue the wife of the president or waive his immunity for the relevant graft agencies to investigate him.
“More recently, it was alleged by the spokesperson of the foremost anti-corruption agency in Nigeria that the same N-SIP is riddled with corruption. I wonder why he’s not suing EFCC or the spokesperson.
“Osinbajo should be informed that his statements against the likes of former President Goodluck Jonathan and Sen. Bukola Saraki will also be used as evidence against him once he enters the dock.
“It is worthy to note that it is in the character of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to intimidate Nigerians, media houses and civil societies by court processes. He rushed to court and filed a motion ex-parte in 2015 against AIT and NTA not to air a documentary about him. Another case in hand was when Prof. Osinbajo through his solicitors asked Google to remove/ suspend a video published by Roots TV from YouTube as it was termed ‘defamatory publication’. Why does he not want Nigerians to scrutinize his person? Is he hiding anything? Has he forgotten he is holding a public office?
“If I were Pastor Osinbajo, what would bother me at this point would be the numerous allegations from within as well as a manifest plot against him because of his alleged financial dealings in some of the agencies under him,” Frank said.
On the immunity waiving threat, Frank said, “As heartwarming as Prof. Osinbajo offer to waive his constitutional immunity is, it is really not his to waive. The immunity from prosecution applies to him as long as he remains the Vice President.
“If he is certain that the allegations levied against him from all quarters in recent times are false, then he can choose to resign from office to challenge me and others with a libel suit. This is against the background that as a sitting Vice President, he is likely to interfere in the judicial process as well as use public funds.”
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