The ongoing dispute between Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode and Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, on one side, and on the other side, Hon. Funmi Tejuosho, the lawmaker representing Mushin 1, has revealed secret of how government officials are selling state properties to themselves at below market price.
Allegedly on Gov. Ambode’s order, security agents on Saturday stormed No 3 Sasegbon Street, GRA Ikeja, Lagos, to evict Hon. Tejuosho, who occupied the building but currently outside the country.
During the exercise, it was reported that three occupants including an 11-year-old child were held hostage for seven hours.
Claims and counter claims have trailed the incident.
Consequently, the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, the beneficiary of the alleged invasion, is presently laying claim to the property after the alleged forceful ejection of Hon. Tejuosho.
“The house was allocated to me in 2015. After I got a letter by the Clerk of the Lagos State House of Assembly, I sent officers from my office to the place but was told that the place was occupied.
“I reported to the Clark and the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly. Thereafter, the Speaker constituted a panel headed by the majority leader to look at the issue. After several weeks, they reported their findings to Mr. Speaker,” Eshilokun-Sanni, told newsmen during his visit to the property on Monday morning.
Source close to Hon. Tejuosho claimed she was a victim of political battle between Gov. Ambode and the National Legal Adviser of All Progressive Congress, Dr. Muiz Banire, who is having issues with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
In recent time, Banire has not masked his dislike for the leadership style of Tinubu as regards the alleged imposition of party’s candidates. His criticism of the APC leader pitted him against the governor and some of the party chieftains in the state, who are fighting Tinubu’s battle.
“It has come to my attention that a rent-a-crowd rally is being organised by one Mr Seye Oladejo, former chairman of Mushin local government and the current commissioner for special duties in Lagos state, with the assistance of some elements to destroy the democratic aspirations of the people. The said rally is being planned to hold on Tuesday the 18th day of July 2017.
“It is saddening to note that not satisfied with the several threat to life messages emanating from their quarters and addressed to me to intimidate me, these rudderless agents of anti-democratic practices in Lagos state have perfected plans to carry out a financially-induced protest march against me in order to impose their soulless campaign of imposition of candidates against the people of Lagos state,” Banire had said in a statement he released during the party’s primary for chairmanship and councillorship candidates in Lagos State in July.
Despite being unpopular among APC chieftains in the State, Banire, who was Commissioner under the administration of Tinubu and later Babatunde Fashola enjoyed good rapport with Hon. Tejuosho.
Their friendship, according to sources, stemmed from shared relationship. Banire and the female lawmaker’s husband, Kayode Tejuosho were said to be friends.
It was alleged that Hon. Tejuosho bought the property in contention from the state government through her company, Debam Mega Solutions Limited, when she was the Deputy Speaker of the State Assembly through the monetization policy of the government.
“She bought it for N150m from the government while she was Deputy Speaker. So she is the rightful owner. Her ejection is all politics.
“Gov. Ambode also benefited from such privilege when he bought his house on Glover Street, Ikoyi Lagos. If the governor intends to recover government assets sold at an undervalued price, why can’t he start with himself?
“Aside the governor, there are so many other top government officials who also benefited from the monetization policy. Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi benefitted too. He bought his house at 7 Oduduwa Street, Ikeja, from the state.
“Other government officials present and past, who are also beneficiaries include – Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Justice Atilade; Justice Akande; Dr. Muiz Banire (SAN); Dele Alake; Justice Phillips; current Commissioner for Housing, Hon. Gbolahan Lawal; APC Lagos State Chairman, Henry Olawale Ajomale, amongst others,” sources alleged