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Here's why Nigeria's VP Osinbajo wants to be sued

Here's why Nigeria's VP Osinbajo wants to be sued

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<p><strong>Nigeria’s vice president Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday said he is waiving his constitutional protection from prosecution, following allegations of corruption levelled against him.</strong></p> <p>Osinbajo has been accused of mismanaging $250m that was allegedly withdrawn from the country’s tax service to fund the ruling party’s election campaign.</p> <p>The allegations are being spread by a former deputy spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress (<span class="caps">APC</span>), Timi Frank.</p> <p>In several tweets posted on Wednesday, Osinbajo said he was reacting to the ‘reckless and malicious falsehoods’ that have been circulated on various online platforms.</p> <p>‘‘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,’‘ Osinbajo tweeted.</p> <p>The Federal Inland Revenue Service has dismissed allegations that it released funds to finance the election.</p> <p>‘‘It is not plausible nor does it make any sense that <span class="caps">FIRS</span> will commit its resources to a phantom campaign of N90 billion as suggested by Mr. Timi Frank and <span class="caps">FIRS</span> does not fund political associations,’‘ the agency’s spokesperson, Wahab Gbadamosi, said on Monday.</p> <p>While the vice president said he would waive his constitutional right to be protected from lawsuits, Timi has told local media he is ready to face Osinbajo in court.</p> <p>‘‘I will waive my constitutional immunity to enable the most robust adjudication of these claims of libel and malicious falsehood,’‘ Osinbajo tweeted.</p> <p>“I am ready to meet with Vice President Osinbajo in court and when we get there, a lot of things will be confirmed,’‘ Timi responded.</p> <h2 style="font-size:16px;">Reactions</h2> <p>Nigerians have taken to social media to share their opinions, ranging from legal interpretations of Osinbajo’s pledge to waive his constitutional protection, to suggestions that the vice-president’s troubles are part of 2023 succession politics.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pastor Yemi Osinbajo <a href="https://twitter.com/ProfOsinbajo?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>ProfOsinbajo</a> you are SAN and also Professor (though you favoured Pastor during elections) plus being the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Sowore was granted bail & met his bail conditions & still being kept in custody Where is your outrage? <a href="https://t.co/uB4SGu8y1K">https://t.co/uB4SGu8y1K</a></p>— Aisha Yesufu (</code>AishaYesufu) <a href="https://twitter.com/AishaYesufu/status/1177317011824754700?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 26, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">VP Osinbajo is <span class="caps">WRONG</span> on waiving his immunity. Executive Immunity is constitutional & therefore <span class="caps">IMPOSSIBLE</span> to waive. So, like the python-danced 5%, he must remain in that toxic office (akin to remaining in toxic Nigeria) and endure his own persecution. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OsinbajoTinubuNtoor?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OsinbajoTinubuNtoor</a>.</p>— aloy ejimakor (@AloyEjimakor) <a href="https://twitter.com/AloyEjimakor/status/1177183850411286529?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 26, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“We tender our profound apology to Prof Yemi Osinbajo, VP of the <span class="caps">FRN</span> on whom the story touches directly, <span class="caps">APC</span> & <span class="caps">FIRS</span> for any inconvenience/embarrassment the publication has occasioned them. We hold Prof Osinbajo in highest esteem.”—⁦<a href="https://twitter.com/vanguardngrnews?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>vanguardngrnews</a>⁩ <a href="https://t.co/hp2wufbsvs">https://t.co/hp2wufbsvs</a></p>— tolu ogunlesi (</code>toluogunlesi) <a href="https://twitter.com/toluogunlesi/status/1176941621025415168?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 25, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">There’s been a barrage of libelous claims against VP Osinbajo mostly on WhatsApp & elsewhere on Social Media by mostly faceless people. Assuredly, all such claims are false. Where we’re able to identify those peddling such evil lies, there ‘ll be a legal & proper reckoning. Watch</p>— Laolu Akande (@akandeoj) <a href="https://twitter.com/akandeoj/status/1176795906856890369?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 25, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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

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