Ekiti, PDP trade words over property sale

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Sep 1st, 2014
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Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Governor Kayode Fayemi-led administration at the weekend engaged in war of words over alleged illegal sale of “valuable property.”

It started with the PDP alleging that the state’s property were being sold to some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and cronies of the governor at “give away” prices.

But the Information Commissioner, Mr. Tayo Ekundayo, dismissed the allegation as lacking in “substance, relevance and truth.”

In a statement yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, the PDP Publicity Secretary, Pastor Kola Oluwawole, alleged that some top officials in the state’s Housing Corporation and the Directorate of Lands and Planning were involved in the alleged fraud.

The party added that the sale of property included government assets in the state as well as some located in Abuja and Lagos.

It listed the affected properties to include pieces of land and houses at Irewolede Estate Phases I and II, Ado-Ekiti, as well as others at Obasanjo Housing Estate, Ikere Road, Ado-Ekiti.

The PDP said: “Lands at Irewolede and Obasanjo Estates are for Housing Development Scheme, not site and serviced, with Certificates of Occupancy (Cof O) of the estates already used by the Ekiti State Housing Corporation to apply for N1.5 billion mortgage facility from the Federal Mortgage Bank Of Nigeria (FMBN) out of which less than N1 billion has been approved, waiting for payment to the Ekiti State Housing Corporation.

“Now, a plot of land at Irewolede Phase II and Obasanjo Estate is being sold to Fayemi’s cronies at a very ridiculous price of N200,000, while the houses at Irewolede Phase I are being allocated to political appointees and Fayemi’s cronies at a giveaway price of N6 million instead of the N12 million placed on the property by official valuer.”

The party noted that government vehicles, both new and fairly used, were being auctioned at prices that could not be justified.

But Ekundayo, in a telephone chat with reporters, stated: “It is not true. They should show proof. I am not aware of such and if they are sure of their fact, they should wait till October 16 when they take over and revoke such properties.

“I don’t think a sensible government could say because it is leaving, it can start selling property of the state. Such allegation is senseless and unsubstantiated and should not be taken seriously,” he said.

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