The earlier allegation by Senator Dino Melaye that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo was set to enjoy a N250 new gate house boiled over yesterday following a denial by the presidency in the heat of further allegation by Senator Ben Bruce that the funding of the house was included in the 2017 budget estimate.
Senior Special Assistant to Osinbajo on media, Laolu Akande made the denial in a statement yesterday.
“For the umpteenth time, we like to clarify that the proposed plan of the immediate past administration to build a new official residence for the occupant of the Office of the Vice President, including the controversial gatehouse preceded this administration.” Said Akande.
“The project which started in 2010, was initiated and funded by the immediate past administration, but had never featured in the two budget proposals of the Buhari administration: neither in the 2016 nor the 2017 spending plans.“
“Any suggestion therefore that this project benefits our administration or that it reflects our spending style or preferences is not only misleading but blatantly false.
“Besides, the incumbent Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has said publicly that he considers Aguda House, which he currently occupies, a befitting official residence for the Vice President and sufficient for his needs.
“While the project is now about 85% complete, the Federal Government, in the circumstances, will decide at the appropriate time what is the best use for the 14 buildings already on the project site.” The statement concluded.