PDP slams Buhari over hike in electricity tariffs

PDP slams Buhari over hike in electricity tariffs

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress government over 200 per cent increase in electricity tariff that was recently approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regularly Commission (NERC).

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It stated that the move by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration was against the interest and wellbeing of Nigerians.

In a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary in Abuja, on Sunday, the main opposition party charged the Nigerian Government to immediately rescind “the obnoxious and provocative policy and consult further with Nigerians before any such tariff hike.”

The PDP observed that the increase in electricity tariff was “furtherance of the fleecing of Nigerians, who are already overburdened and groaning under the weight of high costs, economic repression and heavy taxes foisted by the insensitive APC administration.”

It further said, “It is lamentable that Nigerians, who are already suffering the devastating negative impact of the recent increase in the Value Added Tax (VAT) from 5 per cent to 7.5 by the APC administration, are now being further suppressed with increased electricity tariff.

“Our party holds that the increase in electricity tariff, under the prevailing harsh economic conditions, is injurious to the wellbeing of Nigerians as it will further stress the productive sector and lead to an upsurge in the cost of regular and essential goods and services, including food, medicine, housing, education and other critical needs.

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“This APC policy, if allowed, will worsen the suffering of Nigerians as it will put more stress on already overburdened families, cripple businesses, result in job losses and exacerbate the prevailing frightening unemployment rate under the Buhari administration.”

The PDP, therefore, urged Nigerians to note that “this toxic and distasteful new year gift by the APC administration, at a time Nigerians are coming back from yuletide festivities, shows that the APC is indeed unfeeling, insensitive and have no iota of regard for the sensibilities and wellbeing of our citizens”.

The PDP, said the move was not in the interest of Nigerians and urged the National Assembly to rescue Nigerians from such draconian policy by deploying its statutory legislative instruments to call the Federal Government to order in the interest of our nation.

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