N90bn scandal: Stop threatening media Houses, sue me, Frank tells Osinbajo

…Urges DSS, EFCC, others to investigate his allegation

…Urges VP to resign

A political activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has challenged Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to sue him instead of threatening Media Houses over his latest revelation of N90 billion used for the last general elections.

Frank said he was anxiously waiting to receive court summon from the Vice President, assuring that such move will afford Nigerians and the international community opportunity to hear more about the activities of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) pastor (Osinbajo).
He also asked Osinbajo to resign as VP to give room for thorough investigation and unbiased prosecution in court, saying “this is important so as not to influence the judiciary as well as use public funds to pursue the case as a sitting Vice President.”
The political activist had revealed how the VP allegedly collected about N90 billion from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to fund the last presidential election.
Responding through a statement to a letter Osinbajo sent through his lawyer, Femi Falana to Vanguard Newspapers for a retraction, Frank said he is rather expecting the VP to sue him instead of threatening the media House for keeping the general public informed.

“I understand Prof. Osinbajo, through Femi Falana has written Vanguard Newspaper, demanding for a retraction. It is a move to silence the media and those of us speaking for Nigerians. I challenge Osinbajo to sue me and not Vanguard Newspaper. I’m prepared to meet him in court whenever he is ready to do so.
“The VP should know that I can not be intimidated by his threat. We shall meet in court

“The VP is trying to intimidate everyone including the media but he has forgotten how he accused others like former President Goodluck Jonathan and former Senate President Bukola Saraki without any evidence,” Frank stated.

While urging Vanguard and other newspapers to stand firm, Frank called on the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Director of the State Security Service (DSS), Independent Corrupt Practices Offences Commission (ICPC) to investigate his claims objectively.
“Osinbajo is trying to use his position as Vice President to intimidate me and especially the Vanguard Newspaper but he won’t succeed.

“I have also spoken with Femi Falana, the VP’s lawyer who has confirmed that he has a letter from the Vice President for me but I’m yet to receive the letter,” he stated.
Frank also challenged the EFCC to quickly release the reports of its earlier investigation of the activities of the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) under the current leadership.

2019 Presidential Election: Tinubu, Kingibe, Daura in Emergency Meeting

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and former Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Gen Sani Abacha regime, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe at the weekend held a meeting in Abuja to salvage the defence to the ongoing legal challenge of the February 23 presidential election.

Atiku Abubakar and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, had following the Independent National Electoral Commission’s declaration of Muhammadu Buhari as winner of the 2019 presidential election, mounted a legal challenge to the outcome of the election. The Justice Mohammed Garba led President Election Petition Tribunal had upon hearing of the final written addresses of the parties reserved judgement.

Sources close to the meeting said that Tinubu and Kingibe, who met over dinner during which they discussed matters of interest including the ongoing presidential election petition which judgement is being anxiously awaited.

Having reached some understanding, the duo of Tinubu and Kingibe proceeded to meet with Mamman Daura, a nephew and close associate of Buhari.

It was gathered that the trio discussed the state of the Buhari’s, INEC’s and All Progressives Conference’s defence to the Atiku Abubakar petition at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal and concluded that they were on “slippery ground”.

According to the source, they were concerned that there were “gaping holes” particularly the issue of the contentious Buhari’s certificate and his form CF001 which could undermine their victory when judgement is eventually delivered. “From what is available in the public space, the case (election petition) is not good for us, we are on slippery ground”, Kingibe was quoted to have said.

Tinubu impressed on Kingibe and Daura that the viability of his own presidential bid in 2023 can only be sustained by Buhari’s victory in court.

And because of Tinubu’s own presidential ambition in 2023, both Kingibe and Daura prevailed on the APC National Leader to “lobby” Justices at the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

The Asiwaju had informed them that he was traveling outside the country, but was committed to executing the mandate as requested. He assured them that on return to the country, he will relocate to Abuja until judgement was delivered “to do the needful”.

It has been speculated that Kingibe, who was a key figure in the truncation of the June 12 mandate that was given to late Chief MKO Abiola in the 1999 presidential election, was nursing presidential ambition for 2023. But what is apparent from the weekend meeting, according to the source, is that the former running mate of Abiola is now aligned with Tinubu for now to “truncate” Atiku Abubakar’s legal challenge.