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The Inside Story Behind the Alleged Plot to Take Down VP Osinbajo

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The Vast conspiracy band is back.

By Opeyemi Abegunde

The Initiative to Save Democracy (ISD) says a nationwide power structure is out to get the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo down.

This is nothing less than an attempted silent coup against a sitting vice president, said the group, revealing that high-ranking officials in the federal government are working with some political actors in the Southwest to tarnish the image of the VP.

ISD said willing and complicit officials and politicians spread unsubstantiated leaks as facts in an effort to promote a bias and false narrative.

In a press statement issued on Saturday and signed by Peter Oladele, Secretary of ISD, the group said it has reliable information that those after Osinbajo will stop at nothing to distract the Vice President from doing his work.

The group said they are working tirelessly to malign the Vice President’s reputation and integrity after they could not find any wrongdoing evidence against him.

“The first thing they attempted to do was to destroy the relationship between the President and Vice President but that has not worked despite deploying different strategies from inside and outside.

“Then they tried to malign the Vice President’s reputation by throwing up all sorts of trump charges against him but with no evidence of wrongdoing that soon crumbled.

“They even referred to the N5.8 billion NEMA Emergency Intervention, the N90 billion FIRS Campaign Fund and other fake news but all those failed too because they were fake news from the beginning. They even went after those who have backed the Vice President,” the statement said.

A large cast of characters are part of this plot, ISD revealed.

“In the coming days and week, there will be fake news and lies about the Vice President in the media and social media space yet again, most of it fabricated by the cabal and some people who claim to be South West leaders but again it will fail.

“The plan of the cabal is to ensure that they distract the Vice President every week with some fake news. What this will ultimately mean is that instead of him to focus on the work he is doing for Nigeria, he will be concerned about the fake news and lies.

“Their renewed anger at the Vice President stemmed from the showing he enjoyed with his boss during the Independence Day celebration. The cabal said the two of them appeared to still enjoy a very healthy relationship as they were seen talking and laughing as something the President had said at different times.

“They will stop at nothing to make Prof. Osinbajo look bad in the eyes of President Muhammadu Buhari, his boss. They also don’t like the fact that he has restated his loyalty to serve Nigeria and serve his boss, these are some of the things getting them angry.”

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