Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, says he is not the owner of the land which the collapsed building in Ikoyi stood.
The vice president, while sympathising with the families of those that lost loved ones and those that sustained injuries or affected in the collapsed building under construction on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, described the incident as a horrible tragedy.
Osinbajo stated this while refuting claims in the public space that Chief Michael Ade Ojo, Chairman of Elizade Motors, sold the land to him.
A statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Osinbajo maintained that he has never been involved in the development of any land since he became Vice President.
He said reports that he some time ago intervened with the regulatory authorities in Lagos State to unseal the said property are not true.
The statement said, “At no time whatsoever did the VP buy this or any other piece of land from Chief Michael Ade Ojo, or entered into any transaction for the sale of that land or any other piece of land from Chief Ade. Ojo or anyone for that matter.
“All property and assets owned by the Vice President have been publicly declared.
“Also, the Vice President has never spoken to the Governor of Lagos State or any other official of the State Government regarding the unsealing of the said building on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, which subsequently collapsed. He has, indeed, never acted to influence any other regulatory action on the collapsed building, or any other building for that matter, in Lagos State.”
Osinbajo further explained that he has no interest and has never had any interest, in the land, the building or development.
“The wickedness and viciousness of a lie that seeks to utilise a tragedy where so many people have lost their lives, even as rescue efforts are ongoing, and in wanton disregard to the feelings and untold grief of their loved ones for political gain, reveals a dangerous desperation, as well as the heartlessness of the perpetrators of such despicable lies.” the statement reads in part.
The Vice President added that he has referred the ‘disgraceful’ publication to his lawyers for prompt legal action.