- The increase in the price of petrol from N123 to N143.80 per litre has been strongly condemned by the PDP
- The opposition party said the price hike is a punishment to Nigerians given the prevailing economic hardship in the country
- The party, therefore, asked the government to immediately reverse the pump price of fuel to a price not exceeding N90 per litre
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Nigeria's lead opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has condemned the increase in the price of petrol from N123 to N143.80 per litre.
The party made its position on the price hike known in a statement released on Thursday, July 2, by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan.
Legit.ng gathers that the PDP said the petrol price hike is a punishment to Nigerians considering the current economic hardship in the country.
It accused the APC-led government of lacking sympathy for the plight of Nigerians, adding that the hike has confirmed that the administration is not pro-poor people.
It, therefore, asked the government to immediately reverse the pump price of fuel to a price not exceeding N90 per litre.
The statement partly reads: “The PDP notes that in directing a fuel price increase at the time Nigerians are facing the economic and social trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration shows a total lack of human feelings to the plights of our citizens.
“Our party challenges the APC-led Federal Government to present to Nigerians, the indices and parameters it used to determine the price increase, which obviously cannot be in tandem with the prevalent situation in the global industry.”
Reactions from Nigerians have been trailing the PDP's statement on Twitter.
Archsay, @Archsay1, said: "I can't understand the reason why fuel will increase in a time like this...So frustrating!
"No power to run business, the little we've be able to run with generator... hence, an increase in fuel price."
Joseph Adebayo, @ahurilluminati, said: "Even though this is coming from the stable of PDP, Nigerians reaction to this tweet in the past 3 hours shows we are forever locked in poverty of the mind. We can’t muster power to tweet against maladministration again..."
IKECHI INNOCENT CHINAEMEREM, @innocent_ikechi, said: "NIGERIA and NIGERIANS should reject the increase in the fuel price (un)less they see it as a political game.
"This is about the citizens and not just political party, because we re first citizens b4 joining party"
Mr. Cheers, @Kickflowdown, said: "PDP has never accepted any price. They rejected 123 naira is it 143 they'll accept!"
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Nigerians might witness another hike in retail price for petrol as the Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) recommended an upward review from N121.50.
The agency recommended that a litre of petrol should now be sold between N140.80 and N143.80.
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