After an earlier apology to vice president, Prof.Yemi Osinbajo over a publication containing libelous allegations that he (Osinbajo) superitended over the spending of N90bn received from the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS to finance the electoral victory of the ruling APC in the South-West during the 2019 elections, the Editorial Team of Vanguard Newspaper on Tuesday, Oct.1 2019 has also tendered a similar apology to Mr.Babatunde Fowler, who is the Executive Director of the FIRS.
In the apology and retraction posted on its official news website, Vanguard through its editor said:
“On our website publication of Monday, September 23, 2019 we published a story titled “N 90bn 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 Mr Babatunde Fowler, Executive Chairman of the Federal Inalnd Revenue Service, FIRS, on whom the story touches directly and the FIRS, for any inconvenience or embarrassment the publication has occasioned them. We hold Mr Fowler and the FIRS in the highest esteem”.
Information Parrot Nigeria recalls that the newspaper had relied on the allegations of a former deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Timi Frank, to publish the news article.
Meanwhile, Mr.Frank has remained unrepentant over his allegations amidst legal threats by Prof.Osinbajo as the PDP and some other groups and Nigerians loyal to it had relied on Frank’s allegation to demand for the resignation of Prof.Osinbajo.