** I have no hand in it, says Amosun
Ogun State Government has marked the Ilaro home of Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola aka YAYI for demolition.
According to sources, this might not be unconnected with the politics of who succeeds the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun in 2019.
The demolition order is coming shortly after the Ilaro home of YAYI hosted over 200 former Ogun State local government councilors who are garnering support for the governorship ambition of Adeola in 2019.
Officials from the Ogun State Urban and Regional Planning Board visited the mansion on 6 December, 2016 giving the owner a notice of demolition in three days time.
According to a demolition notice served owner of the building by the Ogun State Urban and Regional Planning Board, the property was constructed without approved plan.
It ordered that the approval for the building should be produced at the office immediately to ascertain the authenticity.
The notice said if the property owner failed to remove the property within three days, it would be demolished.
A source closed to YAYI alleged that the directive to demolish the property was from Governor Ibikunle Amosun as he was not in support of YAYI’s governorship ambition.
The source said that other properties of the senator were still targeted, which included his Abeokuta GRA residence and few of the residences of his Ogun State political supporters like that of Rt Hon Tunji Egbetokun, former speaker Ogun State House of Assembly.
It was further gathered that the state government had stationed a bulldozer and excavator less than 1km away to effect the demolition as soon as the three day deadline lapses.
However, the state goverment has denied the claims that Governor Amosun was behind the planned demolition.
A statement issued by Senior Special Assistant (Media) to the Ogun State Government, Adejuwon Soyinka said the attention of the state government had been drawn to some unfounded allegations making the rounds that Amosun ordered the demolition of the Ilaro, country home of Adeola, otherwise known as Yayi.
The statement reads, “For the avoidance of doubt, it must be clearly stated that Governor Amosun has no hands in whatever may be going on with the said property. Contrary to insinuations making the rounds, the property in question was first served contravention notice by the Ogun State Ministry of Urban and Regional Planning, on January 6, 2014.
“At that time, the owners of the building, which was then at window level, were duly alerted to the fact that the structure was being put up illegally and without approved plan. The contravention notice also advised the owners of the property to come up with all documents in support of their case, “including development permit to the undersigned within 24 hours of this notice on you.”
“When that particular notice was ignored, it was followed with another notice dated, January 28, 2014, which was also ignored while the owners of the contravening property continued to develop in flagrant disregard for the laws of the land,”
According to Soyinka, “it was under this circumstance that the state Urban and Regional Planning Board Development Control Department issued yet another contravention notice to the owners of the said property, this time, on December 6, 2016. The said notice gave the owners/occupiers of the property, which is now fully built and in use, in flagrant disregard for all previous notices, 3 days to come up with its approved building plan.
“Contrary to claims of the sponsors of the misinformation flying around in the social media, the latest notice, just like the previous ones, which were clearly ignored, was not for demolition. It simply, for the umpteenth time, requested that the owner of the contravening property comes up with its approved building plan within 3 days.
“As it is the standard operational procedure, it is only after this notice is ignored that a demolition notice will then be issued on the owners of the contravening property. It bears repetition that this whole process is totally within the routine, legal operational procedures of the state Ministry of Urban and Regional Planning and has nothing to do with the person of Governor Amosun as erroneously claimed in some quarters.”
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