Less than 24 hours after reports indicted him of selling the land of the ill-fated 21-storey uncompleted building to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, founder of Elizade Motors and Elizade University, Chief Michael Ade-Ojo, has sworn that he has nothing to do with the contabout the allegation.
Ade-Ojo refuted the media report by an online medium (Saharareporters) in a statement that he personally signed on Thursday.
WuzupNigeria has reported that no fewer than 40 persons have been confirmed dead and nine survivors evacuated so far from the rubble by emergency rescue workers.
The narrative took a dramatic twist on Thursday when an online media looked beyond the ownership of the late boss of Fourscore New Heights, Femi Osibona and linked the collapsed structure to the vice president.
According to SaharaReporters, the landed property was bought by Osinbajo from Chief Michael Ade-Ojo, founder of Elizade Motors (Elizade Nigeria Limited) shortly after he became the Vice President.
Quoting a facility manager, the publication reported that, “Osinbajo is linked to the property, that house that collapsed on Monday in Lagos State. I was aware when he got the landed property from Elizade. A woman was selling food at the place before, that was where all workers and labourers working around here do eat.
“The Vice President has a lot of properties in the area, he is using his brother to manage the properties. The developer, Femi Osibona is only fronting for him. Osinbajo even bought another property for his brother in the area, it’s at Mosley Street. The brother is the one managing it personally, he comes there almost every time.
“If the Lagos State Government is serious, they should tell us who owns the land," it reported.
SaharaReporters also disclosed that the late developer's brother, Lanre Osibona was Senior Special Assistant to the President on ICT from May 2015 to December 2019.
However, in a swift reaction to the allegation, Ade-Ojo's media team released a statement exonerating its principal from the imbroglio.
Although the Elizade Group of Company boss agreed that he owns the land adjacent to the property on Gerald Road, he denied selling the contentious land on which the collapsed property was built to Osinbajo.
"To be clear, I own a property next to the said building, which I have not sold and do not intend to sell to anybody," the statement partly read.
Read his full statement below: