APC Behind Fuel Scarcity To Justify Price Hike, PDP Alleges


    The ruling All Progressives Congress APC has been accused of deliberately causing the lingering fuel scarcity in the country to justify its predetermined plan to hike the pump price of the products.

    This accusation is made by the major opposition People’s Democratic Party PDP in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan and made available to newsmen in Friday.

    According to the statement “the lingering fuel crisis and its attendant black-market costs were only a ploy by the APC to justify their intended hike of petroleum prices.

    The PDP however, told the APC Federal Government to perish the  thoughts of hiking the per litre price of fuel from the already exorbitant N145 per liter, saying such would not only be criminal but inhuman and completely unacceptable.

    The party further revealed that investigations have shown that the Federal Government has been lying to Nigerians on oil related issues while using the NNPC to bandy figures with intentions to arrive at APC’s predetermined agenda to increase the price of fuel.

    “APC Government has completely become numbed to the sufferings of Nigerians to the extent that it no longer care in imposing more hardship on our people.

    The party said instead of putting more burden on the people, the APC Government should come out clear on sleazes in the oil sector under its watch, particularly the shady oil subsidy payouts and illegal lifting of N1.1 trillion worth of crude using unregistered companies.

    Recalling that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had in December informed Nigerians that the NNPC has been paying subsidy on fuel, the PDP said the Federal Government has refused to tell Nigerians who the beneficiaries are, the amount involved and who authorized the payment, because of the inherent corruption in the deal.

    “Any increase in fuel pump price would be an indirect tax on Nigerians to fund APC interests and considering the pains Nigerians have suffered under this inept and unfeeling Government, this intended hike will be callous.

    “It is now clear to all that this APC- controlled government will never act in the interest of Nigerians. All the actions and policies of APC, in their close to three years in office, have been targeted against Nigerians and there are no signals that they will change.

    “We therefore urge Nigerians to reject this plot to raise the prices of petroleum products even as they gear towards using the next election to end the misrule of the APC.


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