Thursday, July 16, 2020

See what Akande Said on Reports Circulating in The Media About Osinbajo

Nigeria vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has become a political target because of the position he holds as supporting President Buhari in delivering the goals of his government.

The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Laolu Akande
Said, Osinbajo would not be distracted by ‘false’ reports and ‘lies’ circulating in the media of late.

During an Instagram Live Chat on Monday night, Dele Momodu of Ovation Magazine spoke with Akande, who said "people with despicable agendas are trying to smear ridiculous stories about the vice president."
It is ridiculous and incredible some of the types of stories that are out there.

A blogger, Jackson Ude, has earlier being reported by PUNCH were he accused Osinbajo of collecting N4bn from the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, who is being probed by a Presidential panel.

However, Osinbajo denied the allegations levelled against him and asked the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to probe the United States-based publisher of the online medium, Pointblank News, with a view to prosecuting him for criminal defamation.

Ude also claimed the vice-president’s daughter, Kiki, owned a property on Durban Street, Wuse 2, Abuja which he said worth N800m but Kiki along side Ayuba Musa, the landlord of the property housing her GLAM’D Africa,  dismissed the claim as false.

Akande further said  because of the position Osinbajo holds, all the kinds of imaginations that people have to think about him, he has become a kind of a political target.

When asked whether the so-called attacks are to hack down any ambition the vice president has in 2023, the aide said:

 “Personally, I don’t have a doubt in my mind that there are people who have political objectives who might consider Osinbajo a threat.

But what I like to tell Nigerians is, I’m his spokesperson and my boss is not thinking about any 2023 ambition but remained focus on this job that he has been given.

Several times, the vice president has told me; this is not a monarchy, we are going to be here for four or at best eight years, let’s just focus and do the work so that when we are gone, people will say we did this and that. So, he is entirely consumed with the job.

The spokesperson noted that the objective of the ‘fake news’ is to cause confusion and distraction but his principal would remain unfazed.

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