The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to the increase in fuel price, the party released a statement through it’s Twitter account to state it’s rejection of the new increment in the fuel price. In reaction, the ruling party, All Progressive Congress (APC) has also responded to the stand of the PDP over the new increment.
On Twitter, PDP wrote;
PDP Rejects N151 Fuel Price, Hike In Electricity Tariff…Says APC Is Punishing Nigerians
The @OfficialPDPNig vehemently rejects the fresh increase in the price of fuel to N151 per liter and electricity tariff to N66 per kwh under the @OfficialAPCNg and its government, describing such as callous, cruel and punishing.
The party demands an immediate reversal of the prices to avert a national crisis, as the increase will result in upsurge in costs of goods and services and worsen the biting hardship being faced by Nigerians, who are already impoverished and overburdened by @OfficialAPCNg -imposed high cost of living in the last five years.
Our party asserts that by increasing the price of fuel from the N87 per litre it sold under the PDP to an excruciating N151 while at the same time allowing the hike in electricity tariff from N30.23 per kwh to over N66, the @OfficialAPCNg has left no one in doubt that its agenda is to inflict pain and hardship on Nigerians to satisfy their selfish interests.
The unjustifiable increase in the price of these essential supplies, coming barely a week after the @OfficialAPCNg brazenly posted a support for fuel price hike, while attempting to rationalize the excruciating hardship being suffered by Nigerians under the @MBuhari administration, has further confirmed that the @OfficialAPCNg is at the center of the harsh policies of the @MBuhari Presidency.
It is distressing that the @OfficialAPCNg administration increased the cost of essential commodities at the time the leadership of other countries are offering palliatives to their citizens to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is instructive to add that our nation is doomed under the @OfficialAPCNg watch.
We know that the @OfficialAPCNg is an unfeeling party but it is indeed shocking that it could go to the extent of approving such a hike at this trying time, when many Nigerians are struggling to afford staple foods and other necessities of life.
Our party challenges the @OfficialAPCNg and the @MBuhari administration to publish the parameters with which it arrived at the increase of fuel price to N151 per liter given that with the prevailing values in the international market, the appropriate price template for domestic pump price in Nigeria ought not to be above N100 per liter.
Our party further challenges the @OfficialAPCNg-led Federal Government to publish details of its sleazy and over-bloated oil subsidy regime, including the involvement of APC interests in the claimed under-recovery for unnamed West African countries, running into trillions of naira, while Nigerians are made to bear the burden of high fuel costs.
Moreover, the APC and its government have failed to allow an open investigation into allegations of fuel price overcharge as well as the fraudulent subsidy regime through which over N14 trillion had allegedly been frittered by unscrupulous individuals in the APC.
Our fear is that the @OfficialAPCNg is pushing Nigerians to the wall with its obnoxious and anti-people proclivities and we caution that nobody should misinterpret the peaceful and law-abiding nature of Nigerians as a sign of weakness.
Our party therefore restates our call on the @nassnigeria to save the nation by calling the @OfficialAPCNg and its administration to order before they plunge our nation into chaos.
The APC reacted in a statement signed by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena.
Nabena’s statement on Twitter reads;
APC to PDP: Cajole Your Cronies To Return Stolen Fuel Subsidy Loot
The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to a shameless statement by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the current petrol price and electricity tarif in the country.
For successive PDP governments that foisted on the country a corruption-tainted fuel subsidy regime, we call on the PDP to surprise itself and indeed Nigerians by cajoling its cronies who ran the subsidy rackets — many of them in hiding abroad — to return our stolen commonwealth in their possession.
Under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. The tortuous fuel queues as a result of biting scarcities are gone.
The reviewed petroleum products pricing template has resulted in a more transparent, efficient and realistic pricing system for petroleum products and also resulted in constant availability of fuel nationwide.
The pricing template now reflects competitive and market driven components which is supported by the citizenry.
In an effort by this administration to put an end to estimated and arbitrary billing for electricity, President Buhari recently directed a nationwide mass metering programme for electricity consumers in the country.
For the PDP that is only concerned with pushing the interests of its few cronies over the general interest and welfare of the citizenry, we dont expect the PDP to grasp the import of this landmark presidential directive which aside improving electricity and service delivery, is also protecting the poor and vulnerable Nigerians from increased electricity tariff and arbitrary/estimated billings.
Comendably, the federal government is already working to ensure that Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) commit to increasing the number of hours of electricity supply every day and also improve on their quality of service.
Perhaps the PDP is also unaware, that the current administration has approved a one-year waiver of import levy on electricity meters, so that Nigerians who do not have meters can be supplied as early as possible at a reasonable cost.
The APC calls on the PDP to wake up to the new Nigeria were the government works for the citizens not a few interests.