The Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun has broken his silence, saying his intervention saved former governor Gbenge Daniel from losing the Conference hotel in Abeokuta to his predecessor, Ibikunle Amosun’s hammer.
Abiodun said, if not for his intervention shortly after Amosun exited the government in 2019, Daniel would have lost the multimillionaire edifice tagged Conference hotel Abeokuta .
He said this on Monday, during an inspection of 8-kilometre Mowe-Ofada Road, in the Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state.
While addressing the accusation of vindictiveness, the governor recalled his intervention in another property belonging Daniel.
The governor said this while denying the allegation of political vendetta on the demolition of the N1bn DAKTEM Plaza, owned by the wife of Daniel, Olufunke.
The governor said: “Let me take you down memory lane. The purported owner of this property, when I assumed office in 2019, had a property in Abeokuta. It was meant to be a hotel. My predecessor had sealed that property for eight years.
“He had issued a stop order. He was going to demolish that building, but for my intervention.
” I pleaded with him. That building remained under lock and key until I resumed office. The first day I was sworn in was the very day the owner moved into that property for the first time in eight years. And today, the property is called Conference Hotel in Abeokuta.
“How do you now begin to accuse the same man that facilitated the completion of that project despite different court actions that were brought then, despite different charges by the EFCC that were hanging around the project.
” I actually commissioned that project alongside the former vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. You are now trying to use media, trying to attract unnecessary sympathy, playing the underdog that I, Dapo Abiodun, demolished a property that first I didn’t know was yours; your name is not on that property. You never came forward to say this property is yours.
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