The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the All Progressives Congress (APC) to tell Nigerians the truth about the payment of the “so-called” fuel subsidy.
The opposition party’s charge is coming days after Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo said the Nigerian National Petroleum Commission (NNPC) bears the cost of fuel subsidy and not the federal government.
In a statement signed by its spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan, the PDP also accused the APC-led federal government of not adding a drop to the production capacities of the nation’s refineries after almost three years in office.
The statement read: “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.
“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 only already laid the foundation including revamping the refineries and ensuring a domestic production of 5 million litres out of the 25 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.
“Is it not also ridiculous for the federal government in its bid to cover for its ineptitude and oil subsidy corruption to announce that it is paying for the so called fuel subsidy?
“The question is: who owns the NNPC? Is it not Nigeria? Can NNPC spend a kobo without the authorization 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 NNPC which is under his purview has been paying fuel subsidy, who authorized the payment and who are the beneficiaries? Nigerians need to know the truth on this subsidy regime.”