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Fashola, McGregor keep mum on alleged love-children

-All you should know about the rumoured romance of Lagos’ former governor

Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), the former governor of Lagos State and Ms. Abiodun Mcgregor, have kept mum on the rumour on social media that they have love children (twins) between them.

ENCOMIUM Weekly in its usual civil and professional manner had made calls and sent text messages to them but with no response from either of the two.

Our text message to Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) read thus: “Greetings, Your Excellency Sir.  We will appreciate your response to the rumour on the internet that one Ms. Abiodun Mcgregor has twins for you.  Is it also true, sir, that you are planning to make her your second wife?  Thank you very much, Sir.”

We also reached out to Ms. Abiodun Mcgregor thus: “Greetings Madam, we will appreciate it ma, if you will respond to these questions.  What is your relationship with Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), the former governor of Lagos State?  Is it true that he is the father of your twins (boys)?  Is it also true that he is planning to marry you as his second wife?”

The phone calls and text messages to the former governor and Ms. Mcgregor were first made on Sunday, June 21, 2015, around 9 p.m and were repeated on Monday, June 22, 2015, at 8.29 a.m.  It was again repeated at 9.56 a.m to Ms. Abiodun Mcgregor.  But up till when we went to press, there was no response from both.

ENCOMIUM Weekly investigation, however, revealed that the relationship between Mr. Fashola (SAN) and Ms. Mcgregor started when he was the Chief of Staff to former Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

We also discovered that at the time Fashola became Tinubu’s Chief of Staff in 2002, Ms. Biodun Mcgregor, who was just two years in the service of Lagos State government was already in a relationship with a top brass in the same Chief of Staff office.  We further gathered that when there was a sort of personality clash between Fashola and the top brass, the top brass was posted out of the Governor’s office, Alausa, Ikeja to a newly created government agency inside LASTMA Yard on Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, Oshodi.  Ms. Abiodun Mcgregor followed the top brass to his new office.

Nobody knew what went wrong between the top brass and Ms. Mcgregor, they just discovered that she was back in the Chief of Staff office and the relationship between her and the Chief of Staff then (Fashola) blossomed to the extent that she and some of her colleagues got double promotion.

This explained why Ms. Mcgregor is presently on salary grade level 15 while most of her colleagues whom she joined the service in 2000 are still on salary grade 14.

ENCOMIUM Weekly further gathered that when Fashola later became the governor of the state in 2007, the alleged romantic relationship between him and Ms. Mcgregor still continued.

From our investigation, it was when she became pregnant that she was posted out of the Governor’s office and Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja, from prying eyes to Lagos Metropolitan Development and Governance Project (LMDGP) on Wempco Road, Ogba, Ikeja, Lagos.

At LMDGP, she displaced one Mr. Tijani as the Capacity Building Unit Head.  Even at LMDGP, everybody knew her status and nobody dared query her for whatever she did. It was also at the LMDGP that she went abroad to deliver her twins.  We gathered that she went away to the United States of America (USA) to deliver the babies.  She was said to have been away for a very long time.

ENCOMIUM Weekly gathered that she was still in America when Fashola himself broke the news to his father, Late Ademola Fashola and the father relayed the news to Dame Abimbola Fashola.

According to our investigation, there was a sort of drama before the former governor’s father could break the news to his daughter-in-law, Dame Abimbola Fashola.

The old man had sent for his first child, Mrs. Arinola Fuwa, and instructed her to break the news to Dame Abimbola Fashola.  Mrs. Fuwa, we gathered, refused on the ground that Dame Abimbola held her in high esteem and wouldn’t want to ridicule herself by being the one that will break such news to her.  So, she refused.

The old man, who is held in high esteem by Dame Abimbola Fashola (because he was the one who ‘toasted’ her for his son) had to summon courage with some elders of the family before he could break the news to the then First Lady, who we learnt took the whole thing with equanimity.

When Ms. Mcgregor came back from the United States of America, after her long stay, she returned to Lagos Metropolitan Development and Governance Project (LMDGP) office at Wempco Road, Ogba, Ikeja.  Until last year when the agency was disbanded (because its seven years agreement with the World Bank had lapsed) that Ms. Mcgregor was posted to Public Works Corporation, Works Yard, Isheri, Ikeja, as Administrative Secretary also displacing the incumbent Administrative Secretary, a woman.

Her posting to Public Works Corporation office, is understandable.  This was because the executive chairman of the corporation, Mr. Gbenga Akintola is himself Fashola’s friend, who was brought from the United States of America to head the corporation.

Mr. Gbenga Akintola has since been re-deployed from the corporation to Ministry of Works, Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.

If the information at our disposal is anything to go by, Ms. Mcgregor herself will be receiving her letter of redeployment from the corporation back to the mainstream civil service very soon.

Ms. Abiodun Mcgregor, we gathered, is in her 40s (probably between 44 and 45).  She is a graduate of History from Lagos State University, Ojo.  As a matter of fact, those who knew her in school, said she was dating the son of a prominent lawyer.

She is said to be presently living somewhere in Ikoyi, Lagos and rides a chauffeur driven black Range Rover jeep.

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