The All Progressive Congress (APC) has reacted to the statement from the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and has described as “Shameless” their demands for immediate reversal of the electricity and fuel price hike.
APC also accused the successive PDP governments of being responsible for introducing a corruption-tainted fuel subsidy regime in the history of the country.
The party therefore, called 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”.
Speaking further in statement signed by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary, APC, Yekini Nabena, he confirmed that the Muhammadu Buhari led administration has permanently put to an end the incessant fuel queues caused as a result of scarcity and also claimed that “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”.
He added “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 don’t 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”.
At this end, the APC calls on the PDP to wake up to the new Nigeria were the government works for the citizens and not a few interests.