Some Nigerians who rose in support of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s have spoken against an allegation levelled against him by a former presidential aide, claiming he received N4 billion from the N39 billion recovered by the country’s anti graft agency from looters.
A former presidential aide, Jackson Ude, an appointee of former President Goodluck Jonathan, had alleged that the suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, told the presidential panel probing him that he gave Osinbajo N4 billion after the Vice President asked him to release part of the recovered loots.
His claim being that the embattled EFCC boss allegedly embezzled over N39 billion out of which he gave Vice President Yemi Osinabjo N4 billion, when the VP gave him an instruction to release some of the recovered loots.
Magu is currently being probed by a Presidential Investigation Committee over alleged malpractices and abuse of office levelled against him by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, who had earlier in a statement, on Thursday, denied the claims, dismissed it as false and baseless fabrications claiming to reflect goings-on at the probe panel investigating Ibrahim Magu.
Akande said, “The Vice President will of course not be distracted by these obvious campaigns of lies and calumny.”
He wrote, “With all emphasis at our disposal, let it be firmly stated that these are totally false and baseless fabrications purporting to reflect goings-on at the probe panel investigating Mr Ibrahim Magu. They are indeed completely absurd in every respect.
“Sadly, such mindless, vicious and reckless publications have now become the preferred tool of unscrupulous and reprobate elements in our society who are procured with monetary inducement to peddle blatant falsehood, tarnish the image of upright public officials and mislead unsuspecting Nigerians.”
He said the same Jackson Ude had also been circulating a video on YouTube with a female commentator, peddling the same lies.
Akande said that the online publications, being criminally defamatory in nature, had been referred to the relevant law enforcement agencies for investigation and necessary action.
Nigerians have also taken to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, to express their views on the allegation against Noheria’s VP Osinbajo. Below are their submissions:
Presently Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is the strongest candidate for 2023. Neither APC not PDP has any other candidate as strong as he is so it's no news PDP will employ the well known liar Jackson Ude to try(&fail) to discredit him.
No matter how they try, Osinbajo's integrity stands. pic.twitter.com/TWNRbOHPC2
— Tise Somide (@JayTise) July 8, 2020
— Tums (@Tummiee1) July 8, 2020
Sincerely it beats my logic how @OfficialPDPNig E-Rats like Revolutionary liar @JacksonUde, @AishaYesufu, @adeyanjudeji etc are trying so hard to drag Buhari, Osinbajo into Hushpuppigate.
Many of you guys were caught on tape with the lengedary fraudster! THIEVES! pic.twitter.com/2Zuu6q545E
— Olufunke Lawson (@bravefacefunkie) July 8, 2020
Where are the Osinbajo lovers, show some love for your star boy.
— Kate-Nnaji (@nnaji_kate) July 8, 2020
Your cheap propaganda can’t dent the good name of Osinbajo. Your hatred for him can’t taint his integrity. The earlier you realise that, the sooner you stop wasting your energy. Like him or hate him, Osinbajo is our man and he will forever be. pic.twitter.com/6d372n9a7r
— Dunni Adeniyi (@dunnia33) July 8, 2020
His name is not Jackson Ude, His name is Jackson Ole. He is one of the father of lies for @OfficialPDPNig. He uses Point Blank News to promote his lies. Now he has created another lie against Osinbajo. Believe me, Osinbajo's name can't be tarnished.
Below are some of Ude's lies. pic.twitter.com/W3J3sNrMSM
— Adebola Babatunde (@Adebolababatun) July 8, 2020
So, Efcc boss magu, a thief and constant liar , said he gave osinbajo 4bn out of the 39bn he stole , and people believe him?? U thief 39bn and u wan settpe your oga with just 4bn out of it, reason am 😂😂
Yall dont know politics, else you’ll see PDP written all over the matter.
— Etinosa Vivian (@EtinosaVivian) July 8, 2020
Osinbajo is not Atiku
Jackson Ode (@jacksonpbn) the lying machine of PDP…
This how you know how pathetic PDP E-Machines are, Ode has fed you lies upon lies, yet you keep liking and retweeting him. pic.twitter.com/iMCcNVHIPn
— Ekitikan (@EkitiKetekan) July 8, 2020
You cannot stick Corruption on Professor Yemi Osinbajo, because it won't work. Buhari and Osinbajo can't be corrupted, I can stake my family on it. pic.twitter.com/LGk4vWsGPH
— Sir Ferdinand Rogers (@ayekhemheferdi1) July 8, 2020
Osinbajo carries a very rare grace, they sponsor calumny against him, tried to attack him, and pull him down. Yet, God stood for him.
A very rare grace! pic.twitter.com/pUurvAOch7
— Eniola Opeyemi (@eniola_opeyemi) July 8, 2020
Me: Which Jackson Ude talk say Magu give Osinbajo N4bn?
The same liar dat said👇🏽
1. Buhari, Abba Kyari, Secretly flown out of Naija
2. Babatunde Fashola’s name is missing in the list of the new Buhari’s Ministers being Compiled
3. Buhari has sacked CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele pic.twitter.com/TsmUXpwM3B
— Kate-Nnaji (@nnaji_kate) July 8, 2020
It is no longer news that @jacksonpbn is a pathological liar. Hardly can you see any reasonable & sane Nigerian take his news seriously. His latest lies about VP Osinbajo is only just one of the series of lies he's known for. That's why he's popular. & that's what keeps him alive pic.twitter.com/H7lz2ZGejU
— Bola Daunsi (@BDaunsi) July 8, 2020
Your so called revelations are products of your overdose of hallucinogenic or related substances. Professor Osinbajo has more integrity on his smallest finger than you have in your entire soul-less and uneventful being. How Jonathan got you a job in the Villa is mysterious to me! https://t.co/dMVx9s0JLA
— El Commandante (@MrLekanAdigun) July 8, 2020
I believe Vice President Yemi Osinbajo didn't collect N4b from Magu tho. And he debunked the news already.
My question is that how much did he collect from Magu(not necessarily the rumoured N4b)….
— Premier (@SodiqTade) July 9, 2020