Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has denied reports that he owns the land where the Ikoyi building collapsed.
Osinbajo, who expressed his condolences to the families and relatives of all those killed, injured, or harmed in the collapsed building under construction on Gerrard Road in Ikoyi, termed the occurrence as a terrible tragedy.
In response to allegations that the land was sold to him by Chief Michael Ade Ojo, Chairman of Elizade Motors, and reports that he intervened with the Lagos State regulatory authorities to unseal the property, Osinbajo stated that he has never been involved in the development of any land since becoming Vice President.
” At no time did the VP buy this or any other piece of land from Chief Michael Ade Ojo, or enter into any transaction for the sale of that land or any other piece of land from Chief Michael Ade Ojo, or anyone for that matter, ” according to a statement from Osinbajo’ s Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity.
” All of the Vice President’ s property and assets have been made public. ”
” Also, the Vice President has never discussed the unsealing of the aforementioned building on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, which later collapsed with the Governor of Lagos State or any other officer of the State Government. ” He has never acted to influence any other regulatory action in Lagos State about the collapsed building, or any other building for that matter. ”
Osinbajo continued, ” I have no stake in the property, the building, or the development, and I have never had any interest in the land, the building, or the development. ”
” The wickedness and viciousness of a lie that seeks to exploit a tragedy in which so many people have died, even as rescue efforts continue, and in willful disregard for their loved ones’ feelings and untold grief 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 went on to say that he has informed his lawyers about the ” disgraceful” publishing and that they will take swift legal action.