By Ajibola Abayomi,
December 29, 2017.
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not letting the argument on fuel subsidy go without a fight. The party has accused the Federal Government led by the All Progressives Congress of being grossly incompetent and corrupt over confirmation the subsidy by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Vice President Yemi Osibanjo had stated that the national oil firm was subsidising the landing cost of petrol following scarcity of the product nationwide.
But the PDP through its Spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan asked: “The question is: who owns the NNPC? Is it not Nigeria? Can the NNPC spend a kobo without the authorisation of the Presidency? Has President Muhammadu Buhari ceased to be the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Minister of Petroleum Resources?
“Moreover, if the NNPC, which is under his purview, has been paying fuel subsidy, who authorised the payment and who are the beneficiaries? Nigerians need to know the truth on this subsidy regime.
Other part of the statement of the National Publicity Secretary reads accused the FG of providing cover for shoddy oil deals allegedly involving its cronies.
“This APC government is not only grossly incompetent and corrupt, but also a champion in the use of lies and manipulations against innocent and unsuspecting citizens,” the statement read.
“We all know that it was convenient for the APC Presidency to promise Nigerians that it will no longer import fuel only because the PDP government had already laid the foundation including the revamping of the refineries and ensuring a domestic production of five million litres out of the 25 million litres daily domestic consumption.
“Sadly, this incompetent APC government, in its almost three years, has not added one litre to the five million litres, which the PDP administration was producing.
“Instead of improvement, the APC has wrecked the system and now pushing the nation to depend solely on importation, while engaging in heavy sleazes in hidden subsidy regimes.
“The Federal Government, in its bid to cover its ineptitude and oil subsidy corruption, announced that it was the NNPC and not Nigeria that paid for fuel subsidy.
“We therefore challenge the APC-led Federal Government to come clean on these issues and stop telling lies to Nigerians who have suffered enough under its deceptive, inept, uncoordinated and wicked regime” said Ologbondiyan.