Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday says he has begun the process of suing Timi Frank and Katch Ononuju for allegedly peddling falsehood against his personality.
“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 have been making the social media rounds anonymously,” Mr Osinbajo posted on his social media page.
“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,” another tweet read.
Timi Frank, a former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), alleged the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo of mismanaging N90 billion made available by the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) for 2019 election campaign purposes.
Katch Ononuju is an economist and Public Affairs analyst, who at different times had criticized the APC-led government and its policies. But the falsehood peddled by Mr Ononuju is not known.
Although, the FIRS authorities had debunked Mr Frank’s allegation, the Vice- President vowed to seek redress.
Wahab Gbadamosi, FIRS director of information, on Monday dismissed the claim, saying the service’s annual allocation is not up to 90 billion naira.
“The attention of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, has been drawn to publication in some online and daily newspapers by a certain Comrade Timi Frank, the former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who claimed that the FIRS supported the`APC, through the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo with a phantom N90 billion.”
“… IT IS NOT PLAUSIBLE nor DOES IT MAKE ANY SENSE that FIRS will commit its resources to a phantom campaign of N90 billion as suggested by Mr. Timi Frank and FIRS does not fund political associations,” Mr Gbadamosi asserted.
The spokesperson however noted that FIRS is a creation of statute and its activities are governed by the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and financials regulations and thus, “IT IS NOT PLAUSIBLE, that its funds could be expended in such a cavalier manner as suggested by Mr. Timi Frank.”