By Amos Dunia, Persecond News
Abuja – The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that any attempt at hiking the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration would not only be criminal but inhuman and completely unacceptable.
The PDP which stated this on Friday in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbonditan told the APC-led Federal Government to perish thoughts of hiking the per litre price of fuel from the already exorbitant N145 per liter.
Ologbondiyan said investigations have so far revealed that the Federal Government has been lying to Nigerians on oil related issues by using the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to bandy figures with intentions to arrive at the APC-led government predetermined agenda to increase the price of fuel.
The opposition party stressed that 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.
It further said; “The 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.”
Accordingly, the PDP 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.
“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,” Ologbondiyan said.
The PDP therefore urged Nigerians to reject the plot by the federal government to increase the prices of petroleum products even as they gear towards using the next election to end the misrule of the APC