Osinbajo threatens to sue Google over false allegations as Vanguard Newspaper apologizes

Written by on September 26, 2019

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has threatened to sue Google over ‘false allegations’ made against him on a YouTube page. A video report published on the video-sharing site by Roots TV Nigeria alleged that Mr Osinbajo used federal agencies under his supervision to stack funds for 2023 general elections.

The allegation is based mainly on a claim made by an alleged political analyst, Katch Ononuju, who said there is an “anticipation” that Mr Osinbajo will run for president in 2023. The vice president’s lawyers said in the letter to Google that the report is untrue and threatened to sue Google if it does not suspend the publication.

In recent times, there have been critical reports, most of them unsubstantiated, against Mr Osinbajo in the media. Some of the reports claimed there is a power tussle between the vice president and a cabal which wants to edge him out of the presidency because of succession politics.

Also on Wednesday, Vanguard newspaper apologized to Osinbajo over a news report alleging that he mismanaged ninety billion naira said to have been released by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2019 general elections.

Vanguard said in a statement posted on its website on Wednesday that it has discovered that the story lacks factual substance. The paper apologized to the vice president, saying that it holds Professor Osinbajo, SAN in the highest esteem. The vice president has said he is ready to wave his constitutionally guaranteed immunity to clear his name and ensure persons who spread falsehood about him are brought to book.

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