Petrol price increase , PDP cautions FG

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday told the Federal Government to shelve any plan to increase the pump price of fuel of N145 per litre.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said any increase in price now would not only be criminal but inhuman and completely unacceptable to Nigerians.

The opposition party claimed that the Federal Government has not been telling Nigerians the truth about oil-related issues while using the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to bandy figures to deceive the people.

It 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.

“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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