Osinbajo cancels appearance on Channels Television
Spokesperson for the Vice President, Mr. Laolu Akande, announced this in a tweet on Sunday afternoon some minutes before the commencement of the programme, saying his principal would not be appearing on Channels Television‘s ‘Rubbin’ Minds’ because of campaign exigencies.
He said: “Sincere apologies that VP Osinbajo can’t make ‘Rubbing Minds’ this afternoon on Channels TV. Being a live programme, the exigencies of campaign timing make it impossible for VP to appear on the show as scheduled today. We’re working with producers to reschedule his participation ASAP.”
The programme started at 3:00p.m. without Osinbajo.
Sources close to the administration, however explained that the vice-president was compelled to cancel his appearance because he was not fully prepared to face questioning about the suspension of Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen.
President Muhammadu Buhari had last Friday suspended Onnoghen, sparking nationwide uproar about the desecration of Nigerian Constitution.
The president justified his action by saying he relied on an order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to suspend Onnoghen, who is facing charges bordering on alleged failure to declare his asset before the tribunal.
Onnoghend forgetting to declare some bank accounts in his asset disclosure to the government but said he later corrected the error in his last filing in 2016.
Both local and international bodies have condemned the president’s move, coming days to the presidential election on February 16.
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