The All Progressives Congress has reacted to comments made by the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, condemning the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to deregulate the Premium Motor Sport sector.
While addressing party supporters who thronged the PDP Legacy House, Abuja, on Wednesday, Secondus lamented the increase in petrol pump price, electricity tariff and general cost of living.
He said, “When they were looking for power in 2015, they promised to provide jobs for our youths, they promised to reduce the pump price of petroleum products and protect lives and property, what do we have today? When they took over, a bag of rice was N18,000 today it is N35,000 is this progress?”
Reacting to the criticisms, the APC in a statement titled, ‘Petrol, Electricity Deregulation: Hypocrisy of PDP, Atiku Exposed – APC…Freed Up Cash Funding Critical National Infrastructure,’ signed by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, said the PDP and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar were being hypocritical in their assessment of issues relating to the increase.
Nabena said, “As genuine patriots, reputable groups and organizations, make honest contributions to the reactions about the deregulation of electricity and petrol prices, we receive with some amazement comments attributed to the Peoples Democratic Party, and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, condemning the decision of the Buhari administration to deregulate the PMS sector.
“The PDP and Atiku’s reaction to what has been adjudged an inevitability by many experts clearly depicts the height of hypocrisy demonstrated by them on many issues relating to the progress and wellbeing of Nigeria.
“The PDP’s outburst indeed exposes once again its real fraudulent character and plot to patronize Nigerians and make them suffer in perpetuity by keeping a fraudulent subsidy arrangement that feeds a few individuals at the expense of the masses.”