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VP Osinbajo has nothing to do with Ikoyi collapsed building – associates

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) stated this on Thursday at the 5th Conference of the Network of African Parliamentarians for Defence and Security Committees of the House of Representatives.

Friends and associates of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have warned those people linking the vice president with either the ownership of the highrise or friendship with the owner to perish the thought and leave him out of the business.

In a statement signed by Richard Akinola on behalf of the associates, they debunked all insinuations that are suggestive of Osinbajo’s interest in the estate development, describing those behind such as mischief-makers trying to score cheap political goals.

The statement titled ‘Leave Osinbajo out of the politics in sadness’, reads: “It is most unfortunate that at a time when people are mourning over the collapse of the Ikoyi building and the loss of several lives in the most unfortunate circumstances, some mischief makers are trying to score cheap political goals and use this very sad situation to tarnish the name and image of our hardworking and humble Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.”

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It said the social media has suddenly become awash with information trying to link the VP directly or indirectly to the collapsed structure.

“Some stories say the developer, Mr Femi Osibiona is a front for some big guns in government, others directly say the land is owned by the VP, whilst others make a veiled connection to the Governor of Lagos.

“For the avoidance of doubt and for the sake of those who may be misled by the spurious and totally unfounded statements, we as concerned colleagues and friends of the VP wish to make it clear that the VP has never been involved, neither does he have any ownership interest in the developer’s company or business.

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“The facts can be easily verified from the Corporate Affairs Commission or land registry which the malicious writers have failed to check or show a connection between the VP and the collapsed building.

“We commiserate with the families of those who have lost lives and limbs as well as those still in agony of not knowing what the fate of those beneath the rubles in this most unfortunate incident. We urge that as Nigerians, we should show more compassion and empathy to grieving compatriots rather than attempting to score political goals through it,” it said.

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