PDP calls on Osinbajo to resign over corruption allegations




Kola Ologbondiyan and Yemi Osinbajo Credit: LIB

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo to resign and vacate the office if his ready to wave his constitutional immunity over fraud allegation.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Thursday September 26 via his twitter handle @officialKolaO.

Statement notes that Osinbajo cannot wave his immunity because there is no provision for waiver of immunity in the constitution.

According to the statement, Osinbajo’s pronouncement to wave his immunity has set off a process of his resignation.

PDP said Osinbajo’s pronouncement is an “official communication to the legislature indicating his intention to vacate office.”

The state reads: “The party says since VP Osinbajo has announced his readiness to renounce his constitutional immunity in the face of corruption allegations, he should do the needful by resigning and vacating the office as there is no provision for waiver of immunity in our constitution.

“The PDP holds that immunity under section 308 of the 1999 constitution (as amended) is conferred on an official by virtue of his/her election into an office within a duration and cannot be waived by any means other than resignation.

“It is instructive to state that Section 308 confers immunity to the holder of the office “during his period in office”. There is no provision for waiver while the holder is still in office.

“Vice President Osinbajo should know that it is settled that section 308 can only be set aside by vacating the office. It is not a jacket to be put on or dropped at will.

“Significantly, our party invites the Vice President to note that his pronouncement has set off a process, which is expected to terminate in his resignation.

“The @OfficialPDPNig therefore puts the National Assembly on notice to consider the pronouncement by the Vice President as an official communication to the legislature indicating his intention to vacate office.”





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