Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has denied any interest in the collapsed 21-storey building in Ikoyi, Lagos State, describing his alleged link to the property as sheer wickedness.
The vice president said that he has no legal or beneficial interest in the land, the collapsed building or development.
While expressing sadness over the unfortunate collapse of the high-rise building under construction on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, the vice president said that he considered the painful loss of lives a horrible tragedy.
A popular online media outfit had in its publication alleged that Osinbajo owns the land upon which the collapsed building in Ikoyi stood.
The publication had also alleged that Prof. Osinbajo bought the said land from Chief Michael Ade-Ojo, Chairman of Elizade Motors.
It further alleged that the vice president had weighed to facilitate the unsealing of the property-under-construction, when it was sealed on the orders of the regulatory authorities in Lagos State.
A statement released by the media aide to the vice president said, “Let it be made clear that Prof. Yemi Osinbajo does not own and has never owned the said land.
“He has also never been involved, in any shape or form, in the development of this or any other land since he became Vice President.
“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.
“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.
“The Vice President has referred this disgraceful publication to his lawyers for prompt legal action.”