The National Chairman designate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, has kicked against the planned increase in the pump price of petroleum products, saying the PDP was not ready to add more sufferings to Nigerians.
Ayu disclosed that the PDP would review some of the activities of the outgoing National Working Committee (NWC) to ensure accountability in all issues in the past.
Addressing a press briefing where he presented the communique at the end of a two-day retreat of the newly elected members of the NWC, the National Chairman asserted that Nigerians had suffered enough.
He said: “The PDP does not believe in visiting more hardship on the Nigerian people. The party has not discussed the issue of increase in petroleum prices, but our general position is that the people of Nigeria are already hard pressed, there is so much hardship.
“If you are poor, you are not going to benefit from what is called petroleum subsidy. I want to assure Nigerians that when we come back to power as a party, everything will be done to make sure that the massive sufferings that Nigerians are going through comes to an end.
“If you increase the price of petroleum products today, with the kind of suffering that Nigerians are going through, it means that there will be enormous difficulty in transportation.
“Food prices will escalate, you will find that crime rate will increase. Every single vice which has escalated under the APC will double. So the APC government is trying to take us into the highest level of suffering and ultimately, taking Nigerians to a position of non-existence.”
Addressing what the former National Chairman of the party, Okwesilieze Nwodo said on accountability and recovery of stolen party fund, Ayu said, “By the time we come to office, accountability will remain our watchword and I want to assure all of you that we will run the PDP administration as transparently as possible.
“The outgoing NWC has set up different committees to look into different areas, we shall take up all the reports, review them, look at the facts and then attend to each issue according to the facts available to us.
“I want to assure you that we shall try to clean our house no matter who is going to be affected, we shall try to clean our house following due process and that due process also include exhausting all internal conflict resolving mechanism before we bring in any external intervention when we cannot resolve the issue,” Ayu declared
According to the presented communique of the PDP retreat, the security challenges rocking the country threatens the corporate existence of Nigeria, noting that the collapse of national security had made Nigeria to begin sharing sovereignty with terrorist gangs and rogue elements.
“The collapsed economy, infrastructure and a comatose manufacturing sector under the APC regime have pushed over 30 million people into unemployment and underemployment between June 2015 and now.
“From the largest economy in Africa as at May 2015, Nigeria, under APC, has suffered two recessions and become the ‘Poverty Capital of the world.’
“The unprecedented nepotism and divisiveness of the APC-federal government is fueling separatist tendencies in the country. Nigeria cannot survive another four years of APC misrule,” the communique stated.
Avoid Shehu Sani, Don’t Vote For PDP In 2023 – El-Rufai Warns Kaduna People
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has warned the people of the state against voting for some group of politicians in 2023.
Governor El-Rufai made the submission at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium’s Gymnasium Hall during the launching of the New Finance Function in the state.
This is as he blamed the challenges confronting the state on former Kaduna Central lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, and ex-Kaduna North counterpart, Suleiman Hunkuyi.
Governor El-Rufai stated that if not for these two politicians, Kaduna would have made more appreciable progress.
Governor El-Rufai also warned the people of Kaduna against voting for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) so as to sustain the achievements and progress already recorded in the state.
While appreciating and commending the current crop of legislators in the state for their support in ensuring the completion of the ultra-modern Kawo bridge, El-Rufai asked the people of Kaduna to trust him to produce a competent successor in 2023.