The tension between Governor Dapo Abiodun and Senator Gbenga Daniel in Ogun State has escalated with the alleged demolition of the DATKEM Plaza, owned by Olufunke Daniel, the wife of former governor Daniel.
The five-story building, located in Ijebu-Ode, was reportedly demolished by government officials at 3:00 a.m. on Sunday.
The project manager and developer, Olusegun Lawal, stated that the building had received full approval from the state government and was scheduled for commissioning by the end of September. Lawal emphasized that there were no structural or quality issues that warranted the demolition.
The building was also intended to house the Ogun East Senatorial Office on the third floor. Rumors of a feud between Abiodun and Daniel had been circulating prior to the incident.
Lawal described the demolition as shocking and a violation of the rule of law.
Speaking to Peoples Gazette, Lawal said the demolition was “very shocking, very cruel and a heinous act committed by someone who is supposed to be saving our lives and properties; by somebody who is supposed to protect the rule of law in this state.”
He added that as the building developer, everything that was required from state government officials was done; therefore, the demolition was shocking.
Lawal said: “We’ve done what was needful from our side regarding this project. They complained of contravention, and we made amendment to the approval, submitted since last year. This is a building that’s almost two years now. Every queries raised, we answered them.
“When they partially sealed us, they asked us to pay unsealing fee of half a million (N500,000), which I paid. They received it, and the next thing they did was to give us a letter in which they said within 24 hours, the amendment submitted doesn’t confirm what we’re building. I said can we perform magic in this life?”
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