Deputy speaker’s residence saga: Lagos refutes allegation of Ambode’s involvement
By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Gabriel Olawale
LAGOS—THE Lagos State Government yesterday, said Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at no time meddled in the Deputy Speaker’s residence saga, describing the insinuation as erroneous.
On Tuesday, the Clerk of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Sanni Azeez and Director of Lagos State Staff Housing Board, Mr. Dele Oyewunmi handed over keys to the two wings of the 5-bedroom semi-detached house, the official residence of the Deputy Speaker, located at 3A Sasegbon Street, Ikeja GRA, which the report of a panel of inquiry on illegal sale of public assets said was illegally acquired by the Deputy Speaker, Prince Wasiu Eshilokun.
Hon. Fumilayo Tejuosho, a serving lawmaker, lost the asset to the incumbent Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Eshilokun, to whom it was allocated in 2015 as his official residence.
A statement by Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, yesterday explained that it had become expedient to make the clarification following several claims emanating from different quarters against the Office of the Governor.
According to Ayorinde: “Being neither an official of Lagos State nor the purported beneficiary of the government property on No 3A Sasegbon Street, Ikeja GRA, we ought not to dignify Mr. Kayode Tejuosho’s befuddling statement to the press with a response. However, in order not to have the public misinformed, it’s important to make the following clarifications: “That the matter in question does not involve the governor’s office as being erroneously alleged but a tussle of ownership on a government property between an interloper and the Deputy Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.
“That while a couple has stepped forward to claim ownership of the said property, this is a misdirected claim as the couple did not make any purchase on the property. The company that made the purported purchase did so in error and is yet to step forward to challenge the cancellation of the purchase since the company – a certain Debam Mega Solutions – which paid only a portion of the offer price never completed payments on it that would have entitled its full take-over and access to Certificate of Occupancy.
“The incomplete payment has since been refunded to the company and the property retrieved so that it can continue to serve as the official quarters of the Deputy Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly.
“That while government acknowledges a form of monetisation policy that allowed certain levels of government officials and political appointees to purchase official quarters in their individual capacity on owner-occupier basis, this policy never extended to companies like Debam Maga Solution which being no government entity could not have legally made a bid for a government property.”
“That the names of the two directors of the said company are never Lagos State officials and the media is encouraged to investigate the names of those directors with the Corporate Affairs Commission whether the company is owned by the Tejuoshos or not as claimed by the husband.”
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