Fuel Scarcity: Don’t Paint Buhari’s Administration Bad, APC Warns PDP
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to paint a bad picture of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and the party in the faces of Nigerians.
APC handed down the warning in a statement issued on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, amid the fuel scarcity witnessed in the country.
“We wish to note that while we accept the choice of the opposition PDP to make political gains out of the difficulties that Nigerians are experiencing as a result of this fuel scarcity, we, however, condemn their desperation to make the government and our party look bad by maliciously fabricating and circulating fictitious statements in the names of our government and party officials,” Abdullahi said.
The APC spokesman also accused the PDP of attacking his party “on the basis of those same statements”, a development he described as “bad politics”.
The reaction comes less than 48 hours to Christmas and a day after the PDP challenged President Buhari as the Minister of Petroleum Resources to urgently resolve the issue of fuel scarcity.
In the statement signed on Friday by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the opposition party had said Nigerians should not be made to suffer, especially during 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 litre to as high as N300 per litre and above,” Ologbondiyan had said.
Abdullahi, however, faulted the PDP’s statement and alleged that it was during its administration that the “oil cabal enjoyed unprecedented prosperity.”
He further said the APC empathises with Nigerians at this difficult time and appealed for more patience with the Federal Government in its efforts to improve the situation and find a lasting solution to the problem.
“Our party acknowledge the difficulties Nigerians are currently experiencing as a result of the unfortunate fuel scarcity across the country, especially at this yuletide period; we also understand the unhappiness of Nigerians at this situation, which is happening for the first time in the Christmas period since the APC administration came to power.
“We understand that the Federal Government is doing everything to improve the situation and bring succour to the people as soon as possible,” the APC spokesman noted.
Earlier, Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose also accused the APC government of deliberately punishing the people with fuel scarcity to achieve its alleged planned increment of petrol pump price.
He had called on President Buhari to resign as the Minister of Petroleum Resources over what he described as his “nonchalant attitude” towards ending fuel scarcity experienced in the country.
“Like I said a few days ago, what the Federal Government is doing is to create scarcity so that Nigerians will be willing to buy at any price, provided the product is made available.
“It was to achieve this planned increment of petrol pump price that they restricted the supply of petrol to NNPC alone,” Fayose claimed on Friday in a statement issued his media aide, Lere Olayinka.