The Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said that the All Progressives Congress(APC) government of President Muhammadu Buhari is worse than the military federal government with the brazen manner it jacked up the cost of petroleum without factor to consider for poor Nigerians.
The celebration’s factional Chairman in Ekiti, Hon. Bisi Kolawole, stated the action was an eye-opener for Nigerians to vote for the PDP in the 2023 election to put a stop to the maladministration and sufferings being caused on them by the APC government.
The APC through its State Publicity Secretary, Hon. Ade Ajayi, stated the PDP was not skilled to brand the ruling party as being militaristic, stating Buhari has been creating ways to clear the mess left by 16 years of PDP’s misrule in the country.
The federal government had on Wednesday boosted the pump rate from N150 to N152, which propelled the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) to direct its members to begin offering gas for N162 per litre across the country.
Kolawole, who responded through the party’s State Publicity Secretary, Raphael Adeyanju, in Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday, described the action coming throughout the COVID-19 crisis as “wicked, inhuman and militaristic in nature”.
The PDP leader said it was just a government that is vicious and thinks less of its people’ welfare that would bring such a severe policy under a disabling economy brought on by coronavirus pandemic.
“This is an eye-opener for all Nigerians that the APC government was a mistake. It needs to be voted out in 2023, since no power is greater than the will of individuals.
“It was unfortunate that President Buhari could contemplate this when other nations were offering stimulus plans to private companies and palliatives to their residents, this stopped working APC federal government was causing hardship on the population.
“In 2014 when the former President Goodluck Jonathan increased the pump rate from N65 to N100, the APC members engineered demonstrations throughout Nigeria calling that federal government a failure. However if that was a failure, how would Nigerians explain this?”.
Kolawole encouraged Nigerians that only a modification of federal government can restore normalcy to Nigerians and not protests as being recommended in some quarters.
“In my humble opinion, I don’t desire Nigerians to protest, since the APC government can anything. I don’t desire them to be eliminated on the streets, but let them wait till 2023 and vote them out, that is the very best method out”.
However the APC spokesperson, Ade Ajayi, urged Nigerians not to listen to the vituperation from the opposition, stating the celebration was oblivious of how petrol economy is run.
“The PDP was just acting and basing its criticisms on lack of knowledge. The fuel prices are not identified by federal government entirely, it’s by market’s need and supply forces.
“About three months earlier, the rates of petrol products went down and a litre was cost between N120 and N100 naira. That was figured out by market forces and I understand the price will come down quickly, all we require is persistence.
“This federal government is trying to clear the mess left by the PDP federal government and gradually we might see the gains. So, the PDP ought to stop this shameful act, since Nigerians will not listen to its noise”.