The All Progressive Congress APC says the recent increase in prices of petrol and electricity tariff are indications that President Muhammadu Buhari led administration is working for Nigerians.
The ruling party stated this while reacting to the call by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP demanding reversal of the decision by the government.
In a Wednesday statement by Yekini Nabena, its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, the party lambasted the PDP for introducing fuel subsidy regime in the country and diverted attention by calling on the opposition party to return alleged stolen wealth of Nigerians.
“For successive PDP governments that foisted on the country a corruption-tainted fuel subsidy regime, we call on the PDP to surprise itself and indeed Nigerians by cajoling its cronies who ran the subsidy rackets – many of them in hiding abroad – to return our stolen commonwealth in their possession,” the party said.
“Under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. The tortuous fuel queues as a result of biting scarcities are gone.
“The reviewed petroleum products pricing template has resulted in a more transparent, efficient and realistic pricing system for petroleum products and also resulted in constant availability of fuel nationwide.
“The pricing template now reflects competitive and market driven components which is supported by the citizenry.
“In an effort by this administration to put an end to estimated and arbitrary billing for electricity, President Buhari recently directed a nationwide mass metering programme for electricity consumers in the country.
“For the PDP that is only concerned with pushing the interests of its few cronies over the general interest and welfare of the citizenry, we dont expect the PDP to grasp the import of this landmark presidential directive which aside improving electricity and service delivery, is also protecting the poor and vulnerable Nigerians from increased electricity tariff and arbitrary/estimated billings.
“Commendably, the federal government is already working to ensure that Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) commit to increasing the number of hours of electricity supply every day and also improve on their quality of service.
“Perhaps the PDP is also unaware, that the current administration has approved a one-year waiver of import levy on electricity meters, so that Nigerians who do not have meters can be supplied as early as possible at a reasonable cost.
“The APC calls on the PDP to wake up to the new Nigeria were the government works for the citizens not a few interests,” the party added.