The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Federal Government of telling lies to Nigerians about the cause of fuel crisis being witnessed in the country.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement on Wednesday said Nigerians deserve to know the true circumstance that led to the situation and who is responsible for the payment of fuel subsidy.
“This APC Government is not only grossly incompetent and corrupt but also a champion in the use of lies and manipulations against innocent and unsuspecting citizens,” he alleged.
“Is it not ridiculous for the Federal Government, in its bid to cover for its ineptitude and oil subsidy corruption, to announce that it is the NNPC and not Nigeria that is paying for the so-called fuel subsidy?”
Ologbondiyan further said: “The question is; who owns the NNPC? Is it not Nigeria? Can NNPC spend a kobo without the authorisation of the Presidency? Has President Muhammadu Buhari ceased to be the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Minister of Petroleum Resources?
“Moreover, if the NNPC, which is under his purview, has been paying fuel subsidy, who authorised the payment and who are the beneficiaries? Nigerians need to know the truth about this subsidy regime.”
The PDP spokesman said it was reprehensible that the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government was purportedly sticking to lies, particularly on the real reasons behind the biting fuel scarcity and the allegedly exposed attempt to pilfer $1billion from the Excess Crude Account (ECA).
He consequently asked the Federal Government to tell Nigerians the truth about how it was handling fuel related funds rather than pointing accusing fingers.
Ologbondiyan also challenged the government to speak out on the reported fraud in the oil regime whereupon 18 unregistered companies were allegedly used to lift and divert $1.1 trillion worth of crude oil in the last one year.
He further accused the government of providing cover for corruptions which he alleged were directly involving the interests of the ruling APC and appealed to its officials to “stop dishing out falsehood to suffering Nigerians.”
The PDP official said the APC has failed to increase the local production of petroleum products from where it was since it took over power in 2015.
He said: “We all know that it was convenient for the APC Presidency to promise Nigerians that it will no longer import fuel only because the PDP government had already laid the foundation, including revamping the refineries and ensuring a domestic production of five million litres out of the 25 million litres daily domestic consumption.
“Sadly, this incompetent APC government, in its almost three years, has not added one litre to the five million litres which the PDP administration was producing. Instead of improvements, the APC has wrecked the system and now pushing the nation to depend solely on importation while engaging in heavy sleazes in hidden subsidy regimes.”
The PDP has called out on the Federal Government to come clean on these issues, maintaining that the ruling party has been “telling lies to Nigerians who have suffered enough under its deceptive, inept, uncoordinated and wicked regime.”
They also urged Nigerians not to be forlorn with the assurance that they have repositioned the PDP to stand with the people in what they describe as the “inevitable mission” to rescue and restore Nigeria to the path of prosperity in 2019.