In the realm of misinformation and rapid news cycles, facts are our most reliable companions. One such fact that needs to be meticulously scrutinized is the claim surrounding the former Vice Presidential candidate Peter Obi and a parcel of land in Abuja.
Rumors are circulating that Peter Obi owned land in the highbrow Katampe District of Abuja, a claim that has stirred a pot of controversies and discussions.
We, at MandyNews.com, sifted through the myriad of information available to bring you the most accurate and unbiased insights on this topic.
Nyesom Wike, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), allegedly revoked lands belonging to Peter Obi, amongst other prominent individuals in Abuja.
Diving deep into the roots of the claim, it was found that Nyesom Wike indeed revoked 167 plots of land in prominent districts of Abuja like Maitama, Jabi, and Gudu. The revocations were primarily based on non-development and “continued contravention of the terms of development of the Right of Occupancy.”
It is crucial to know that the parcel of land in contention was allocated to Peter Obi by the previous FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed, as a ‘gift’. Strikingly, Obi never accepted this ‘gift’ and subsequently, never conducted any paperwork or made any development on the said land.
- Issued a two-week grace for allottees to clear their pending ground rents.
- Promised to revoke undeveloped plots and those with unpaid ground rents.
- Displayed resolve to maintain Abuja’s master plan by removing illegal structures.
Facts and Findings
It’s essential to distinguish between allocation and ownership. A ‘Letter of Allocation’ from FCTA was issued in Peter Obi’s name, but this doesn’t imply ownership. The recipient of such a letter is mandated to file and obtain proper ownership titles, i.e., Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) or Right of Occupancy (R of O), to become the genuine owner.
Peter Obi’s Standpoint
- Rejected the land ‘gift’ from Bala Mohammed.
- Never filed for proper ownership rights as mandated by law.
- No developments or claims were made on the land even after Wike’s ultimatum.
After a thorough examination of available evidence and detailed investigation, we conclude that the claim of Peter Obi owning land in Abuja is Unsubstantiated. The possession of a ‘Letter of Allocation’ does not equate to legal ownership, especially considering Mr. Obi never accepted the land as a gift, nor did he undertake any legal processes to claim ownership. The assertion that Mr. Obi owned land in the Katampe District of Abuja does not hold water and should be considered as misinformation.
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