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.

Election 2015: Southern Kaduna PDP Endorses Jonathan, Yero

Kaduna PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders from Southern Kaduna Senatorial Zone, have endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan and the State Governor, Mukhtar Yero, as their candidates for the 2015 polls.

At a political gathering held in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of the State, to endorse the President and the Governor, the PDP stakeholders, led by Senator Nenadi Usman, stated that they had the mandate of their people to make the endorsement.

Senator Usman noted that Nigeria had witnessed rapid transformation in all the critical sectors of the economy under President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, despite the current security challenges facing Nigeria, and therefore needs another tenure in order to consolidate on the achievements recorded so far.

The group said that the Governor on his part, had kept his promise of equitably distributing dividends of democracy to all parts of the state and had also kept the legacies of his predecessor, Late Patrick Yakow.

The group said that it reached a conclusion to compel Jonathan to contest, after a thorough and fair public opinion poll, which was carried out in the southern part of the state.

While they expressed displeasure over the frequent public attack on the Jonathan administration by the opposition, the PDP members urged the President not to  cave in to pressure or cheap blackmail.

However, while the Kaduna PDP leaders are perfecting their plans to maintain the status quo at both the federal and the state to remain, the All Progressives Congress, (APC), and a pressure group from the area, Concerned Southern Kaduna Professionals, believe that the time for change has come.

In their separate statements on Thursday, they stated that the Kaduna PDP leaders were entirely on their own, and the endorsement does not in any way have the support of the over 3million people of the zone, whom they represent.

Investigation has shown that Southern Kaduna has always voted massively for PDP since the inception of the democratic dispensation in 1999 and remain the strong base of the party in every election.