PANDORA PAPERS: Oyetola debunks alleged London property purchase

Osun State, Governor Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola

Governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola has debunked the report linking him to the purchase of a property in London, United Kingdom.

Oyetola said he resigned from the company, ‘Aranda Overseas Corporation’, that was allegedly used to buy the said property in 2011, upon his appointment as the Chief of Staff to then-Osun governor, Rauf Aregbesola.

He also said he had no relationship whatsoever with Adebayo Aluko, the alleged owner of the said property let alone have any business transaction with him.

In a press release in Osogbo by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, on Saturday, Oyetola noted  that he had not broken any law of the land.

He also said that he resigned his directorship of Global Investments Offshore Limited upon his appointment in 2011.

The statement read in part: “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 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.

“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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