Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant on Media and
Publicity to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, says his principal
has become a political target because of the position he
holds as the next man to the President Muhammadu Buhari.
The spokesperson said his boss is not thinking about any
2023 ambition but remained focus on supporting President
Buhari in delivering the goals of his government.
Akande, who spoke on Monday night during an Instagram
Live Chat with Dele Momodu of Ovation Magazine, said the
vice president would not be distracted by ‘false’ reports and
‘lies’ circulating in the media of late.
According to him, people with despicable agendas are
trying to smear the person of the vice president with
The PUNCH had earlier reported that a blogger, Jackson
Ude, 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.
Osinbajo, however, 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 dismissed the claim as false while
Ayuba Musa, the landlord of the property housing her
GLAM’D Africa, also dismissed the claim as untrue.
Speaking on these claims and many more on Monday night,
Akande said, “It is ridiculous and incredible some of the
types of stories that are out there. What I have found out is
that being the vice-president and being a very active vice-
president that understands how to connect with the people,
that rising profile itself, in a political atmosphere that is
extremely murky, I think those who have all kinds of
unscrupulous ideas, people with despicable agenda have
reasons to try to smear the person that is holding that
“Like I said, because of the position that he holds, next to
the President and because of all the kinds of imaginations
that people have to think about him, I think, up to a point,
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 him (Osinbajo) a threat. But what I like to tell
Nigerians is, I’m his spokesperson and all I know he wants
to do is to do this job that he has been given very well and
he doesn’t have any other plans right now about any such
thing. I can tell you that clearly.
“He has said to me several times, see Laolu, 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. I’m his spokesperson and we have
not talked about what he is going to do in 2023. What’s the
The spokesperson noted that the objective of the ‘fake
news’ is to cause confusion and distraction but his principal
would remain unfazed.
“Part of the objectives of some of these attacks is to
distract him. But he will not be distracted. The goal is to
bring confusion but he is not distracted.
“The vice president is not talking to anybody about 2023. He
is not thinking about it. He is focused on the job that the
president has handed over to him and he just wants to
support the president to deliver his goals,” he added.