Osun Governor Gboyega Oyetola has denied Pandora Papers’ allegations linking him to buying property in London.
Oyetola denied the allegation in a statement released on Saturday by his chief press secretary, Ismail Omipidan.
The governor said he resigned as a director of Aranda Overseas Corporation in 2011 when he was appointed chief of staff to then governor Rauf Aregbesola.
However, a Premium Times report online claimed that the Pandora Papers claimed Governor Oyetola acquired the British mansion in 2017 by proxy.
The governor also said he had no relationship with Adebayo Aluko, the alleged owner of the said property let alone had any business dealings with him.
Oyetola said he did not break any laws by resigning as a director of Global Investments Offshore Limited upon his appointment in 2011.
“We have seen reports on some online media platforms regarding the PANDORA PAPERS allegations. It is therefore a question of setting the record straight, we read in the declaration.
“Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, Governor of Osun State, resigned as a director of Aranda Overseas Corporation in 2011, when he took up his political office. He also sold his stake in the same company. .
“From 2011 to date, he has had no association, relationship or commercial transactions with said company, because he is neither director nor shareholder of said company.
“He therefore could not have acquired said property in 2017 either directly or through said company as alleged.
“In fact, Oyetola has no relationship or connection with the alleged owner of the property, Mr. Kolawole Aluko, let alone engage in any business or transaction with him.
“He also fully complied with the law of the land when he left Global Investments Offshore Limited, as a director in 2011, upon his appointment as chief of staff to the outgoing Governor of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola.
“Oyetola has always shown that he is a man who knows and respects the law in his commercial and political activities,” the statement concluded.