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‘Akpabio doesn’t own Lekki Gardens’

The management of Lekki Gardens Estate Limited has described as false, reports that a former Governor of Akwa Ibom, Senator Godswill Akpabio, owns the company.

The Director, Media and Communication, Lekki Gardens, Mr. Azuka Ugboh, in a statement on Sunday, said the company was not owned by Akpabio and urged members of the public not to believe the report.
He also stated that Lekki Gardens had never received any substantial capital boost from Akpabio – who is the Senate Minority Leader – in its three years of existence.
The statement read in part, “An October 17, 2015 report in a national newspaper titled: ‘EFCC quizzes Akapbio over alleged corruption’ had described the immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom State as the owner of Lekki Gardens.
“The publication further suggested that Senator Akpabio’s substantial investment in the company had enabled the firm grow from a middle market real estate consultancy firm to a major player in the property market in a period of barely five years.
“Mr. Ugboh reaffirmed that Lekki Gardens as a private property investment and development firm has no dealings with Senator Akapbio.
“Senator Akpabio has never injected capital into our company and we have never received any sort of funding from him since the inception of the company.”
Ugboh further stated that the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Richard Nyong, had never met or had any business dealings with Akpabio in relation to Lekki Gardens Limited or GTRich Investment Limited.