The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday called on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to surprise itself and indeed Nigerians by cajoling its cronies who ran the subsidy rackets to return their loot.
The ruling party, in a statement by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, in which it was reacting to PDP position on thw latest petrol price and electricity tariff increment, said under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, the tortuous fuel queues as a result of biting scarcities were gone.
The party further stated that the reviewed petroleum products pricing template had resulted in a more transparent, efficient and realistic pricing system for petroleum products and also resulted in constant availability of fuel nationwide.
“The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to a shameless statement by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the current petrol price and electricity tariff increase in the country.
“For successive PDP governments that foisted on the country a corruption-tainted fuel subsidy regime, we call 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,” the APC said.
The party further explained that the pricing template now reflected competitive and market-driven components which “is supported by the citizenry.”
“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 dont expect it (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,” APC said.
The party called on the PDP to “wake up to the new Nigeria where the government works for the citizens not a few interests.”