Economic Hardship: PDP Governors Acting Irresponsible, Says Pro-Tinubu Group

Economic Hardship: PDP Governors Acting Irresponsible, Says Pro-Tinubu Group

  • The governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been criticised for comparing Nigeria's economy to that of Venezuela
  • On Thursday, the Tinubu Media Support Group described it as an act of irresponsibility on their part
  • They argued that the governors had benefitted from the increased federal government allocation like their counterparts in the ruling party

Legit.ng journalist Segun Adeyemi has over 9 years of experience covering political events, civil societies, courts, and metro

The Tinubu Media Support Group has criticised governors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), accusing them of behaving irresponsibly.

In a statement released by its Chairman, Jesutega Onokpasa, on Thursday, the group alleged that these governors, who are benefiting from increased allocations, should not appear hesitant to take decisive action to alleviate the suffering of their constituents.

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PDP governors attended the emergency meeting summoned by President Tinubu on Thursday, Feb. 15
On Thursday, Feb. 15, President Tinubu summoned all 36 governors for an emergency meeting. Photo Credit: PDP
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The group asserted that the opposition governors' attempts to distance themselves from responsibility for alleviating the hardship caused by the removal of the fuel subsidy were dishonourable and irresponsible.

The statement reads:

“We find it insulting that people who are saddled with the constitutional responsibility of taking care of the welfare of the citizenry have the effrontery to make it look like it is the sole duty of the federal government to address challenges sparked by fuel subsidy removal.
“These PDP governors, like their counterparts in other parties, have in the last 8 months been receiving far more allocations from the federation account for states and council areas, yet they are opting to play the ostrich when it comes to bringing succour to Nigerians feeling the brunt of the action."

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PDP comparison of Nigeria and Venezuela

The statement contended that it's absurd for governors on the National Economic Council to liken Nigeria to Venezuela, where hyperinflation has led to extreme cash usage for essential purchases.

Nigeria's current inflation rate of 28.94% matches that of August 2005, not Venezuela's 190%.

Additionally, a pro-Tinubu group criticised the governors for daring to urge urgent government action, asserting that the Bola Tinubu administration has already been actively implementing emergency and long-term strategies to address food security.

Tinubu asks PDP governors to account for increased federal allocation

Meanwhile, President Tinubu has knocked opposition governors under the umbrella of the PDP over their comments on hardship in the country.

Tinubu, through his minister of information and orientation, Muhammed Idris, asked the governors to give an account of their increased allocation to Nigerians.

The president said the governors are fond of playing around the gallery rather than taking their leadership role as members of the economic council.

Source: Legit.ng

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Segun Adeyemi (Current Affairs and Politics Editor) Segun Adeyemi is a journalist with over 9 years of experience as an active field reporter, editor, and editorial manager. He has had stints with Daily Trust newspaper, Daily Nigerian, and News Digest. He currently works as an editor for Legit.ng's current affairs and politics desk. He holds a degree in Mass Communication (Adekunle Ajasin University). He is a certified digital reporter by Reuters, AFP and the co-convener of the annual campus journalism awards. Email: segun.adeyemi@corp.legit.ng.

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