There has been no significant growth in Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s assets four years after he took his plum job, his media aide, Mr. Laolu Akande, is claiming in a statement confirming his boss, like his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari, has also submitted his assets declaration forms to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
The statement reads in full:
“Ahead of the oath-taking ceremony slated for tomorrow, 29 May 2019 and in compliance with the requirement of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has submitted his assets declaration forms to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
“The submission by the Vice President follows right after President Muhammadu Buhari submitted his forms.
“The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Research, Legal and Compliance Matters, Office of the Vice President, Dr. Balkisu Saidu, submitted the completed forms to the Chairman of the CCB, Professor Mohammed Isa, on behalf of the Vice President.
“Compared with the assets Prof. Osinbajo declared in 2015, the forms show no significant changes in his assets; as there are no new real properties, shareholding or bank accounts”.
Recall that in 2015, the Presidency had said Osinbajo had a bank balance of about N94m and 900,000 United States Dollars in his bank accounts.
He owned then a four-bedroomed residence in Victoria Garden City, Lagos, and a three-bedroom flat on 2, Mosley Road, Ikoyi; two-bedroom flat in Redemption Camp along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and a 2-bedroom mortgaged property in Bedford, England.
The Presidency said then that apart from his law firm, known as SimmonsCooper, the vice-president also declared shareholding in six private companies based in Lagos, including Octogenerium Limited, Windsor Grant Limited, Tarapolsa, Vistorion Limited, Aviva Limited and MTN Nigeria.
On Buhari in 2015, the Presidency that he had N30m in his bank account before he assumed office in May of that year.
He also owned 270 cows, 25 sheep, five horses, birds and economic trees. Other assets were five houses in Kaduna, Kano, Abuja, and a in-house in Daura.
He was said to be using a number of cars, buying two from his savings and the others supplied to him by the Federal Government as a former Head of State.
“The rest were donated to him by well-wishers after his jeep was damaged in a Boko Haram bomb attack on his convoy in July 2014,” the Presidency said in September of that year.
He also owned a plot of land each in Port Harcourt and Kano; farms, an orchard and some cars.
Apart from an account operated with Union Bank, the President laid no claim to a but the statement said he neither owned a foreign account, but had shares in Berger Paints, Union Bank and Skye Bank.