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Oyetola disassociates from London property allegation

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has denied acquiring a property in London, United Kingdom (UK), describing speculations and reports circulating in the public and online that linked him a building abroad as unfounded and untrue,

Oyetola said that he could not have acquired any property in 2017 through Aranda Overseas Corporation after he had resigned as a director and surrendered his shareholding of the same company in 2011.

He noted that he resigned from the firm upon his appointment as the Chief of Staff to the former governor, Rauf Aregbesola, now Minister of Interior and that he does not have any relationship as well as had business transactions with the name, Kolawole Aluko, linked to the said property as the owner.

In a statement issued in Osogbo on Saturday and signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, he insisted that his resignation as Directorship of Global Investments Offshore Limited upon his appointment does not indicate a violation of any law of the land.

Oyetola noted that since his appointment and election as Osun governor, he had never violated any section of the country’s law, even as he promised to always be a law-abiding citizen of Nigeria.

He commended family, friends, and associates who have shown concern through phone calls, visits, and text messages over the development, assuring them that there is nothing to worry about on the matter.

The statement reads in parts: “We have seen reports in some online media platforms concerning the PANDORA PAPERS’ allegations. This is, therefore, to set the record straight.

“Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, Governor of Osun State, resigned his directorship of Aranda Overseas Corporation in 2011, when he took up a political appointment. He also surrendered his shareholding of the same company.

“Since 2011 till date, he has had no association, dealings, and business transactions with the said company, as he is neither a director nor shareholder of the said company.

“He, therefore, could not have acquired the said property in 2017 either directly or through the said company as being alleged.

“As a matter of fact, Oyetola has no relationship or link with the alleged owner of the property, Mr Kolawole Aluko, let alone go into a business dealing or transaction with him.

“He also complied fully with the law of the land by exiting Global Investments Offshore Limited, as a Director in 2011, upon his appointment as the Chief of Staff to the immediate past governor of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola.

“While we appreciate family members, friends, associates, and well-wishers for their show of concern over the development, we assure them that there is nothing to worry about. Mr. Oyetola has always shown that he is a man who knows and respects the law in his corporate and political endeavours. The God that has brought us thus far will never forsake us.”

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