- The PDP has rejected the new price of petrol, N123.5, approved by the federal government
- The opposition party insisted that the appropriate price should be N90 per litre, citing the fall in the price of crude oil in the international market
- Meanwhile, the PDP also asked the federal government to establish a special group to monitor the donations made in support of the efforts to contain coronavirus spread in Nigeria
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the reduction of fuel price from N125 to N123.5 by the federal government, insisting that the appropriate price is N90 per litre.
The opposition party in a statement released by its spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan on Thursday, April 2, said the reduction of pump price by N1.50k was offensive and fraudulent.
The PDP added that the marginal reduction showed the insensitivity of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the plight of Nigerians, particularly as the country battles the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Citing the fall in the price of crude oil in the international market, the PDP insisted that the price in Nigeria should be between N80 and N90 per litre.
Meanwhile, the party also asked the federal government to establish a special group comprised of eminent Nigerians to manage donations towards mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 and ensure that the palliatives get to vulnerable Nigerians without any stress of glitch.
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Meanwhile, following the fact that Abba Kyari, the chief of staff to President Buhari, has tested positive for coronavirus, the PDP has called on the Nigerian leader to reveal the status of the Presidential Villa in relation to the virus.
The PDP on its official Facebook page on Wednesday, March 25, said that a statement from President Buhari on the issue will do much to assuage the fears of many Nigerians.
The opposition party called on the president to open up on the health status of many State House officials who have not been seen for a while.
In another report, the former lawmaker representing Kogi West senatorial district, Dino Melaye, has released a new song in which he declared war on the coronavirus pandemic the world is currently battling with.
Melaye called on God to intervene and deal mercilessly with the pandemic that is giving the world a sleepless night.
In the song, the former lawmaker called on God to let the world overcome the coronavirus pandemic by the power in the blood of Jesus.
The reported COVID-19 cases around the world surpassed 1 million on Thursday, April 2, doubling in a week as the virus spreads across Europe and North America and establishes a toehold in Africa.
Just before global cases surpassed the 1 million mark, the COVID-19 worldwide death toll passed 50,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Italy had the most deaths, more than 13,900, followed by Spain. The United States had the most confirmed cases of any country, more than 240,000, the data showed.
In Italy, which hit a daily peak of 6,557 new cases on March 21, 2020, and accounts for around 28% of all global fatalities, the death toll climbed to 13,915 on Thursday, April 2.
But it was the fourth consecutive day in which the number of new cases stayed within a range of 4,050-4,782, seeming to confirm government hopes that the epidemic had hit a plateau.
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