– The PDP accused President Buhari of not properly managing the fuel crises
– The party asked him to resign as minister of petroleum
– It called on Nigerians not to despair as they are waiting to take over power
In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Friday, December 22, he party insisted that it is not enough “for the president to sit in his comfort zone and put the blames of the fuel scarcity at the doorsteps of marketers, while Nigerians continue to suffer untold hardship.”
“The unbearable fuel situation in the country is completely unacceptable. Mr. President must become up and doing. He should not allow anybody to push him to claim that the issue of fuel scarcity is not under the purview of the Minister of Petroleum Resources. When he took office as President of Nigeria and also as the Minister of Petroleum Resources, he was aware that the buck stops at his table.
“Nigerians must not be made to suffer especially at this time of the year when we have the yuletide and New Year festivities, which come with a lot of activities.
“This is the same APC government that promised that it will make fuel available and affordable. Today, under their deceitful and corrupt watch, fuel has not only become extremely scarce, the price has also risen from where the PDP left it at N86.50k per liter to as high as N300 per liter and above.
“The effect is that transport fares, running costs, prices of food, medicines and other basic needs have soared beyond the reach of Nigerians, who are now groaning heavily under the hardship of APC misrule.
“But should Nigerians be subjected to this type of anguish and pain after supporting APC to win election in 2015? Does APC indeed deserve another support in 2019?”
“Whereas we know that the time is already up for the APC, we nevertheless urge Mr. President to, within the remaining short time, rise up to his responsibilities as the minister of petroleum or immediately relinquish that position and allow a competent person to run the ministry. Enough is enough.
The PDP called on Nigerians “not to despair but rekindle their hope in the future as the PDP is now repositioned to regain power in 2019 and return the nation to the path of good governance, social stability and economic growth, for which it is generally known.”
Displeased by the lingering fuel scarcity in parts of the country, the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) and allied unions under the aegis of Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) promised to expose those sabotaging the smooth distribution of petroleum products in the country.
The groups made the resolve on Thursday, December 21, at a stakeholders meeting on the challenges of products supply and distribution led by the chairman, House of Representatives committee on petroleum resources downstream, Joseph Akinlaja, Premium Times reports.
The groups said their focus was to end the current hardship experienced by Nigerians at filling stations.
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