The Vanguard Newspaper has retracted a publication on its website titled, “N90bn FIRS Election Fund: Osinbajo’s problem, not 2023 politics”, which it said lacked “factual substance”.
In a statement published on the newspaper’s website on Wednesday, it apologised to Vice President Yemi Osibanjo on whom the story touched directly, adding that it holds him “in the highest esteem”.
Vanguard also apologised to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) “for any inconvenience or embarrassment the publication has occasioned them”.
“On our website publication of Monday, September 23, 2019, we published a story titled ‘N 90 Bn FIRS Election Fund: Osinbajo’s problem, not 2023 politics.’ We have since discovered that the story lacks factual substance and we hereby retract it in its entirety.
“We tender our profound apology to Professor Yemi Osinbajo SAN, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on whom the story touches directly the All Progressives Congress, A.P.C. and the FIRS for any inconvenience or embarrassment the publication has occasioned them. We hold Professor Osinbajo, S.A.N. in the highest esteem,” the statement said.
The vice president’s solicitors had in a letter dated September 24 and addressed to Vanguard Newspaper’s Editor said the “entire publication was a vicious, wicked and reckless ploy to impugn the reputation of our client (Osinbajo) and lower him in the estimation of right thinking members of the public”.
They asked “for the immediate retraction of the offensive and derogatory publication coupled with apology prominently published in your newspaper”.
Osinbajo also on Wednesday commenced legal actions over alleged claims of libel against him by Timi Frank and one Katch Ononuju.
Frank and Ononuju accused Osinbajo of diverting N90bn from the FIRS to sponsor the Presidential elections.