The People’s Democratic Party has describes the increment in electricity tariff and fuel pump price by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress as a way of inflicting hardship on Nigerians.
The party, in a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan said it fears that the APC is pushing Nigerians to the wall and civil unrest may the be result when they (Nigerians) run out of options.
“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 APC has left nobody unsure that its agenda is to inflict pain and hardship on Nigerians to satisfy their selfish interests.
“The unjustifiable increase within the price of those essential supplies, coming barely every week after the APC brazenly posted a support for fuel price hike, while attempting to rationalize the excruciating hardship being suffered by Nigerians under the Buhari administration, has further confirmed that the APC is at the middle of the tough policies of the Buhari Presidency.
“It is distressing that the APC administration increased the value 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’s instructive to feature that our nation is doomed under the APC watch.
“We know that the APC is an unfeeling party but it’s indeed shocking that it could attend 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 APC and also the Buhari administration to publish the parameters with which it received the rise of fuel price to N151 per liter given that with the prevailing values within the international market, the acceptable price template for domestic pump price in Nigeria ought to not be above N100 per liter.
“Our party further challenges the APC-led Government to publish details of its sleazy and over-bloated oil subsidy regime, including the involvement of APC interests within 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 also as the fraudulent subsidy regime through which over N14 trillion had allegedly been frittered by unscrupulous individuals within the APC.
“Our fear is that the APC is pushing Nigerians to the wall with its obnoxious and anti-people proclivities and that we caution that no-one should misinterpret the peaceful and law-abiding nature of Nigerians as a symbol of weakness.
“Our party therefore restates our call on the National Assembly to save the nation by calling the APC and its administration to order before they plunge our nation into chaos.”