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Criticism mounts over Lagos-Calabar coastal highway amid Umahi-Atiku clash

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The Labour Party (LP), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives, and the Pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, have raised concerns about the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway project. This comes as Works Minister, David Umahi, engages in a verbal spat with former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, over the project.

The LP called for transparency from President Bola Tinubu and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) regarding the motives behind the project. Afenifere urged a halt and review of the project to ensure adherence to due process.

Umahi accused Atiku of promoting politically motivated falsehoods to discredit the procurement process for the project. He dismissed Atiku's criticisms as hypocritical and politically driven.

According to Umahi's spokesperson, Orji Uchenna Orji, Atiku's claims regarding the project's award, cost, and choice of contractor are baseless and politically motivated. He defended the procurement process, stating that it complied with all legal requirements and was awarded transparently.

The LP demanded explanations from the APC-led administration regarding allegations of impropriety surrounding the project. PDP criticized what it called lies propagated by the APC government to promote the project, expressing suspicion over its design and cost.

Afenifere called for a halt to the project, citing concerns over its environmental and economic impact. The organization emphasized the need for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and adherence to relevant regulations before proceeding with the project.

As tensions rise over the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway project, stakeholders continue to demand transparency, accountability, and adherence to due process.

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