JUST IN: OSINBAJO DEMANDS IMMEDIATE RETRACTION OF LIBELIOUS PUBLICATION BY VANGUARD NEWSPAPER

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has demanded an immediate apology and retraction of a libelous publication by Vanguard Newspaper about the alleged N90 billion obtained from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in the run-up to the 2019 presidential election. 

in the publication published on September 23, 2019, and credited to a former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Timi Frank, the Vice President was alleged to have received the money to facilitate the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the South West. 

It had stated in the story headlined, “N90 bn FIRS election fund, Osinbanjo’s problem, not 2023 politics-Frank” and that the Presidency discovered how Osinbajo allegedly mismanaged N90 billion from the FIRS.

SAN, Femi Falana on behalf of Osinbajo, his client, demanded that the publication be retracted, asking that an apology be published in the same paper under 24 hours.

‘FALANA & FALANA CHAMBERS
September 24, 2019

Mr. Eze Anaba,
The Editor,
Vanguard Newspaper,
Apapa, Lagos.

Re: N90 bn FIRS election fund, Osinbajo’s problem, not 2023 politics-Frank

We are solicitors to Professor Yemi Osinbanjo SAN, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria (hereinafter referred to as “our client”) on whose behalf and instructions we write this letter.

Our client’s attention has been drawn to your highly libelous story entitled “N90 bn FIRS election fund, Osinbanjo’s problem, not 2023 politics-Frank” recklessly published in the Vanguard newspaper edition of September 23, 2019.

In the story credited to one Comrade Timi Frank, your newspaper informed your large readership that our client’s travail “has nothing to do with 2023 but alleged mismanagement of about N90 Billion Naira (sic) released by the Federal Inland Revenue Inland Service (FIRS) to prosecute the last general elections in favour of the APC”.

The false contextual background and specific untrue and defamatory statement include the following:

“The presidency discovered how Osinbajo allegedly mismanaged
Gen Buhari asked for a breakdown of how the money was spent and he said he gave N11 billion to Lagos state APC leader but when the said national leader and one former APC chairman were invited for an explanation, it was confirmed Osinbajo gave only N5billion & not N11b to Lagos.


The cabal is asking to know how come they beat PDP in the South-west with less than 60,000 votes if the money was actually spent in the strategic states of the South-west as allegedly claimed.’
[10:39, 9/25/2019] Mr Leke: The activist insisted that if the information is true, Osinbajo must resign his position as Vice President, adding that such is akin to the characteristics of ‘yahoo boys.”

It is clear that the entire publication was a vicious, wicked and reckless ploy to impugn the reputation
[10:39, 9/25/2019] Mr Leke: Take notice that if we do not receive your formal retraction and apology within 24hrs of the receipt of this letter, we shall proceed with our client’s instructions to seek legal remedies including aggravated damages in the appropriate High Court.


Yours Sincerely,
FEMI FALANA, SAN’

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