The traditional head of Iliwo Itele in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, Chief Adekoya Fashina, has faulted the suit filed against ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo over a parcel of land in Ota.
Fashina, who spoke at a press conference in Abeokuta on Saturday, insisted that the former president’s “expansive land” in the area was duly purchased from their forefathers and that the documents were handed over to him.
Fashina comdemned the suit filed by Nurudeen Akapo, Chief Taoreed Sunday, Mathew Owotolu and Alhaji Monsuru Yusuf before an Ogun State High Court challenging Obasanjo’s ownership of the said land.
The community head said he was disappointed that those he described as “disgruntled elements” took the former president to court in an attempt to reclaim the land which he said Obasanjo lawfully purchased.
Fashina alleged that the suit contained “falsehood and lack of facts”.
He said , “All the story about Chief Akanle and his wife are not true. It was Baba Obasanjo that owns the land. I don’t think Mama Akanle even knows the place.
“Baba Obasanjo bought the land, paid for it and has all title document. So, I will only advise them to go to their land and should not disturb the peace that we have been enjoying in the last two years at Itele.”
While reacting to the claim that Obasanjo did not contribute to the development of Itele, Fashina said it would be unfair for anyone to make such a statement.
He said, “We all know that Baba Obasanjo has contributed immensely in the last 40 years to the socioeconomic development of Itele and its environs.
“Only these disgruntled elements have not seen what this great African (Obasanjo) has done for us and we shall hand them to law of justice to judge them according to their deeds.”
Also speaking, Chief Wakilu Owotolu, who was identified as the elder brother to one of the litigant, said, “I know nothing about this court issue. We don’t have any right to take Obasanjo and Akanle to court over his landed property at Itele. I came here to clarify this, because I learnt that our leaders were coming for this news conference and I decided to join them.”
Obasanjo’s lawyer, Rotimi Oyebola, had earlier hinted that the press conference was at the instance of the Itele community, to “set the record straight”.