By Daniel Dafe
The Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) has rejected an increase in the pump price of fuel to N170 per liter by the Bihari administration, describing the move as “wicked, unbearable and unacceptable.
In a press statement via the party’s official Twitter handle, the PDP averred that the said increase in the pump price will worsen the already suffocating economic situation in the country.
The statement added: “Such hike will also be an additional log tied on the economic neck of Nigerians.”
The PDP held that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Buhari administration “have no justification to increase the cost of fuel to anything above N100 per liter talk less of N170, when there are practical options to maintain affordable price given our production capacity and potentialities.”
Adding: “It is evident that the continuous increase in the pump price of fuel under opaque and nebulous indices is a product of incompetence and large scale corruption being perpetrated by a few individuals in the @MBuhari administration, who are bent on fleecing Nigerians and holding our nation to ransom.
“Our party notes that the @OfficialAPCNg administration has failed to come clean on the parameters being used for the hike in prices vis-a-vis our production, export and accruing revenue.
“This is in addition to its failure to fix our refineries and end crude oil theft, allegedly to aid @OfficialAPCNg interests.
“This appears to provide answers to why the @OfficialAPCNg administration has failed to offer any explanation on huge fraud going on in the management of our nation’s oil resources including the alleged stealing over N9.6 trillion ($25 billion) by @OfficialAPCNg interests, as detailed in the leaked @NNPCgroup memo.”
Continuing, PDP said the APC government “has also failed to publish details of its sleazy oil subsidy regime, including the involvement of @OfficialAPCNg 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.
“Such humongous fraud in the management of our oil resources is responsible for the high costs and unspeakable hardship being suffered by millions of Nigerians who can barely afford their meals and basic necessities of life.
“Our party urges President @MBuhari to end the corruption and the stealing of our oil resource under his watch by @OfficialAPCNg leaders, recover the looted resources and immediately reverse this increase in price of fuel.
“President @MBuhari should also take steps to fulfill his promise to revamp our refineries or accept his failures and apologize to Nigerians.
“It is still not yet late for him to get more competent hands to run our oil sector instead of imposing more hardship on Nigerians.”
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