The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it totally rejects the decision of the President Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government “impose” a N5000 fee for national identity cards.
The party says the very idea of ID Card fee by the Buhari administration is insupportable, reprehensible and completely offensive.
The PDP stresses that imposing such unwarranted and unjustified levy on Nigerians, for internal social safety instrument, amounts to wicked fleecing as well as stripping of their constitutional rights in their own nation.
Spokesman to the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan states that the party holds that issuance of national identity card to citizens, is an obligation of the state to its citizenry, and must remain free as established by the PDP.
“The N5000 levy must be immediately rescinded before it triggers restiveness in the nation.
“Already, the fee is generating tension in the country as Nigerians have continued to register their rejection in the public space,” Ologbondiyan stated.
The PDP spokesman further charged President Buhari to direct the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to immediately cancel its decision to levy Nigerians for national identity cards.
He cautioned that such impositions as the fee for national identity cards, breed resentment and “erode the much-desired patriotism; leading to the escalation of social vices and low commitment to nation building by citizens”.