PDP Leaders Kick Against Removal Of Petroleum Subsidy

pdpLeaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State have kicked against the proposed removal of petrol subsidy by the Federal Government.

Speaking during a one-day conference organised by the Kaduna State PDP Youth Patriotic Front held in Kafanchan, the party leaders including the minority leader of the House of Representatives, Yakaubu Barde, and the Senator representing Southern Kaduna District, Danjuma Laah, wondered why the same All Progressive Congress-led government that opposed the move by former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to remove petrol subsidy 2011, is planning to do same.

Barde specifically faulted the former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, for his recent call for the removal of petrol subsidy.

He noted that Tinubu’s insistence on President Buhari removing fuel subsidy come January 2016 was quite unfortunate in many respects, and another misadventure of the National Leader of the APC and his party.

According to the PDP leaders, the only reason the issue of fuel subsidy had continued to recur was because Nigeria imports petroleum products for domestic consumption.

They warned that so long as importation continues, the problem that the government sets out to confront would continue like a recurring decimal.

The event was attended by prominent members of the PDP from the Southern Kaduna Senatorial Zone, including former Minister of Aviation, Mr Hassan Hyet, Senator Danjuma Laah, the State PDP Chairman, Mr Abubakar Haruna, former Deputy Speaker of Kaduna State House of Assembly, Dogara Mato, former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Mark Jacob, and many former Commissioners.

23 De-registered Political Parties Join PDP in Kaduna

The numerical strength of the Kaduna State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has received a major boost, as leaders of 23 political parties in the state led their members to join the ruling party in the state.

Political parties like NAC, PAC, NDP, HDP, PSP and 16 others were among those that were de-registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 2013.

Receiving the new decampees at the party secretariat in Kaduna, the state PDP Chairman, Mr Abubakar Haruna, commended them for their decision to join PDP as the best platform of achieving their political dreams. He assured them that they would be given a level playing ground and equal opportunity.

He told the decampees that PDP still remains the only party with grassroot support base in Kaduna state and the entire country, and attributed the success to the transformation programmes of the present administration in the state.

Haruna also said that he believed the latest development would cause those that left the party for one reason or the other to come back.

Speaking to Channels Television, the former Chairman of the defunct National Solidarity Democratic Party in the state, Lucky Olaitan, said that their decision to join the PDP was informed by the leadership style of those elected under the party’s platform across the state.