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Tinubu replies Atiku on Lagos-Calabar highway contract




President Bola Tinubu has accused former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of hypocrisy and distortion of facts on the award of contract for the construction of the Lagos-Calabar coastal highway.

Atiku had on Sunday, in a statement, faulted the contract award for the construction of the highway, insisting that it lacked transparency.

He also said President Bola Tinubu’s son, Seyi, sits on the board of CDK, a subsidiary of Hitech Construction Company, which was awarded the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway contract.

Reacting to Atiku’s statement on Monday, the Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, said the former Vice president has developed “a reputation for distorting and manipulating facts for his self-serving objective of discrediting the current administration.”

Mr Onanuga also admitted that Seyi is a member of the board of CDK, but said there was nothing wrong with it.

“It is important to state clearly that Seyi Tinubu is a 38 year-old adult who has a right to do business and pursue his business interests in Nigeria and anywhere in the world within the limits of the law.

“The fact that his father is now the President of Nigeria does not disqualify Seyi from pursuing legitimate business interests.

“For the records, Seyi joined the Board of Directors of CDK in 2018, more than six years ago. He is representing the interest of an investor company, in which he has interest. He is not a board member because his father is a friend of the Chagourys

“Information about owners and shareholders of CDK is a matter of public record that can be openly accessed from the website of the Corporate Affairs Commission and CDK’s. Atiku and his proxy did not need a little-known journal to recycle open-source information to make a fallacious argument. The Chairman of CDK and the highest shareholder of the company is respected General TY Danjuma (rtd). The Chagourys are minority shareholders in the company, and only one member of the clan is on its five-man board.

“We wonder how Seyi’s membership of the board of CDK conflicts with Hitech Construction Company’s work on Lagos-Calabar Coastal superhighway.

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