Peter Obi To Umahi — Your Accusation Against Me, Baseless, Unfounded


Former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has described accusation against him by the Minister of Works, Senator Dave Umahi, as a ‘baseless distraction, inciting and unfounded’.

This was as Obi strongly denounced what he described as “the distortion of facts” surrounding his actions and statements during his tenure as governor of Anambra State, particularly with reference to the ongoing demolitions for the construction of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Super Highway.

Obi said he opted to address the issues directly, devoid of political rhetoric, to ensure clarity for all.

The Works Minister had accused Mr. Obi, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 general election, of inciting Ndigbo against President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

Responding to the accusation, Obi in X handle (formerly Twitter) vehemently rejected what he described as ‘unfounded’ accusations aimed at tarnishing his character, stressing that his focus was on fostering constructive dialogue and inclusivity, rather than engaging in divisive politics.

He pointedly said that the ongoing destruction and disruption of jobs and livelihoods associated with the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway construction sharply contrasted with his administration’s efforts to improve infrastructure while minimizing adverse impacts on communities.

Obi further said; “Claims of incitement are baseless distractions. I advocate for unity and advancement, refusing to partake in reactionary politics. My commitment to serving with integrity remains steadfast, and I encourage all Nigerians to unite for a prosperous future.

“In conclusion, I stand by my record as governor and reject any attempts to distort the narrative for political gain. My commitment remains unwavering: to advocate for the rights and well-being of all Nigerians, ensuring that development initiatives prioritize the needs of the people,” he stressed.

Commenting on the Lagos–Calabar Coastal Highway Project, Obi insisted that a project now will lead to loss of jobs and increase hunger as well as spread poverty in a land is not needed at this time that is already troubled.

The Presidential candidate of the LP, specifically said that priority should be accorded to internal roads first to move the economy.

Obi also said the demolition which took place during his tenure as governor of Anambra State, had a different timing and circumstances, thus wondered why the present Federal Government was not addressing the issue of poverty that is spreading like wildfire in the country.

Find below the responses of Peter Obi on his X handle to Umahi’s attack on him

“Let me be unequivocal: during my governorship, I made it abundantly clear that all structures obstructing existing roads and lacking approval would be removed. The circulated video clearly stated this, and I only initiated removal when construction had already commenced.

“Any insinuation otherwise is a blatant misrepresentation of the truth. I challenge anyone to verify and show me where the demolished structures on existing roads or ongoing businesses were not encroaching on the road and built without government approval while I served as governor.

“To provide further clarity, consider concrete examples. I decisively demolished the Onitsha North Local Government headquarters situated on the only existing stadium, relocated, and built a brand new structure for the Local Government office away from the stadium.

“This action was necessary to restore the stadium to its original purpose as a sporting facility for the people. Subsequently, the stadium was rightfully named after the first owner of the first football club figure in Nigerian sports, Chuba Ikpeazu, as a tribute to our commitment to honoring our heroes.

“Similarly, the Onitsha South Stadium, the sole local playing ground for the community, was converted into a local government office. Recognizing the importance of recreational spaces, I reverted it to its original status by demolishing and relocating the local government office. I then renovated the stadium and renamed it after the longest-serving Green Eagles captain, Godwin Achebe.

“My actions were strategic, aiming to prioritize the repair and maintenance of existing infrastructure over projects that risked disruption and destruction.

“This approach aimed to safeguard the livelihoods of Nigerians and ensure the efficient use of resources.

“It’s crucial to clarify the false comparisons drawn between my actions on Brewery Road and the current coastal super highway project.

“I never proposed creating a new road that would disrupt existing structures. Instead, I focused on removing obstructions on existing roads to enhance accessibility and safety for all.

“The ongoing destruction and disruption of jobs and livelihoods associated with the Lagos-Calabar coastal road construction sharply contrasts with my administration’s efforts to improve infrastructure while minimizing adverse impacts on communities,” he said.

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