Row trails Osinbajo’s threat to waive Constitutional Immunity

By Danlami Nmodu

(Re-issued) A fresh row has trailed the decision by  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to waive his constitutional  immunity and launch ”the most robust adjudication” to clear his name. Osinbajo announced the move following allegations leveled   against him  by former All Progressives Congress, APC deputy Spokesman,  Timi  Frank.

Newsdiaryonline reports that  some commentators  have argued  that  the immunity belongs to the Office of the Vice President and cannot be waived since it is not personal .

Others   have been canvassing  that  the Vice  President should simply resign from  office  in order to enable him tackle Frank and possibly  others in  court.

Frank claimed that a N90bn election fund allegedly contributed by   FIRS  was behind Osinbajo’s travails in the Presidency. FIRS has debunked  the claim with a strong threat to sue Frank.

Osinbajo, SAN has on his part  declared his readiness to waive his constitutional immunity to “enable the most robust adjudication” of several baseless allegations, insinuation and falsehoods against his person and office.

According to a statement by his media aide Laolu Akade, the Vice President 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.”

Newsdiaryonline recalls that speculations over Osinbajo’s fate reached fever pitch following the appointment of a  new Economic Advisory Council,EAC by President Muhammadu Buhari to replace  the Economic Management Team,EMT hitherto under the Vice President’s leadership.Some agencies under the VP’s watch  were also directed to report  to the President.

(This  story earlier published Thursday Sept 26,2019   was reissued today Friday Sep 27,2019 as we lost the previous copy along with other stories following the crash of our website due to unusual traffic and server glitches)