Tinubu’s Many Problems With His Haters
ElevateNews takes a look at the various insinuations about Asiwaju Bola Tinubu owning Lagos.
Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. Such is the story of the former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. His stories about owning the whole of Lagos and his political life are deafening.
Stories that he siphons Lagos funds, using Alpha Beat, a financial company that belongs to him; stories that every local chairman in the State pays a substantial amount into Tinubu’s personal accounts and various stories of how he had been imposing his stooges in political positions.
There was a time the news were flying around that he owned the Renaissance Hotel along Obafemi Awolowo Way, Alausa Ikeja until the owner of the property decried the claim.
It was later alleged that Tinubu was out to take the plot of land where the hotel was standing from the original owner but the court stopped him from doing so. The owner of the hotel, who is from Edo State (Name withheld) claimed that he bought the land before Tinubu would become the State governor and won the case at the court.
He eventually built a hotel on the land but because Tinubu was involved in the litigation, the wailers went to town to chorus and alleged the former governor of being the owner of the Renaissance Hotel.
A few days ago, it was reported that the popular steel company Wempco, owned by the Chinese would be selling one of its numerous hotels due to financial crisis and listed the five-star Oriental Hotel along Ozumba Nbadiwe as one of them.
The wailers were dumfounded in that the hotel does not belong to Tinubu. Before now, an average Lagosian believed that Tinubu owned the hotel, which he allegedly built with looted public money. There are also various insinuations that the former governor had to demolish the former office of the Lagos State Task Office on Environmental and Special Offences Office to accommodate the famous Ikeja City Mall, also called Shoprite.
He was accused of singlehandedly stopping the immediate former State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode from running for the second term, yet he denied the allegation. He said that he had only listened to the members of the All Progressives Congress, APC who did not want Ambode anymore.
On his wife, Oluremi Tinubu who is now spending her third term at the Senate, Tinubu said that he actually kicked against it but the party prevailed. His defences were not taken even when he had been investigated by the Code of Conduct Bureau and tried by the CCT.
He was exonerated by the CCT years ago but a few weeks ago, a group of people petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to investigate Tinubu on the charges that bullion vans were driven to his Bourdillon, Ikoyi residence during the last general election.
The EFCC threw the petition away for lacking in evidence that the bullion van contained money or that the contents in the vehicles were stolen public funds.