- The Senate president, Senator Bukola Saraki, has described the FG's claim of paying subsidy on 50 million petrol litres consumed by Nigerians daily as a big fraud
- According to him, all statistics have shown that it is not possible for Nigerians to consume 50 million litres of petrol daily
- He also made an indication that the security agencies have been compromised by the All Progressive Congress
In a response to the claim by the federal government that it pays subsidy on the 50 million litres of fuel being daily consumed by Nigerians, the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has described the claim as a big fraud.
Saraki, who is the director-general of the Peoples Democratic Party/Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation, refuted this claim during a programme on Channels TV on Wednesday, January 9, The Punch reports.
The Senate president, Legit.ng gathers, fired back at the federal government and laughed off the claim, stating it is spurious lie flying in the face of glaring fact.
He said: “One of the areas we labeled the Goodluck Jonathan government as a corrupt one is on the issue of fuel subsidy. The assumption then was that the federal government was paying subsidy on the 30 million litres of fuel being consumed daily by Nigerians.
“All statistics have shown, even now that it is not possible for Nigerians to consume that much daily.
“A government that is claiming to be fighting corruption is now telling us that we are consuming 50 million litres of fuel per day. It is not possible.
“The National Assembly has investigated the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s claims but our efforts have been frustrated because agencies of government under the current government have been emboldened to disregard the National Assembly.
“We have lost a lot of money because oil is our major source of revenue through the NNPC. If we are paying subsidy based on the 50 million litre consumption then it is a big fraud! It is corruption.”
Reacting to the claim that PDP was behind the current economic woes experienced by the country, the senator debunked the myth surrounding the long existed excuse used by the current administration for its performance..
He also made an indication that the security agencies have been compromised by the All Progressive Congress (APC), thus his party would be contesting with both in the February elections.
He said: “The process leading to the 2019 general election is a big concern to us and I have said it several times; PDP is contesting against the APC and the security agencies."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that with few days to the general election, a pro-presidency group, Buhari Media Organisation, had cautioned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against attempts to drag the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to disrepute through its ceaseless attacks.
The group, in a statement signed by its chairman Niyi Akinsiju, and secretary, Cassidy Madueke, told PDP and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to stop the desperate campaign of propaganda capable of damaging the reputation of the electoral umpire.
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