PDP, APC in war of words over fuel scarcity


The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO), on Monday, attributed the sudden fuel scarcity in many parts of the country to sabotage by the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), which has infiltrated the ranks of the fuel marketers.
In reaction, the opposition party accused the PDP of shifting blames and declared that the fuel crisis is another proof of the cluelessness of the Goodluck Jonathan administration. The PDPPCO also alerted the nation to the alleged lingering plot by the opposition elements, who it said had been sponsoring their agents of destruction in the power sector, to vandalise critical infrastructure, in order to reduce the megawatts of electricity that is being generated.
The Director of Media and Publicity of the PDPPCO, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, in Abuja, said that the fuel marketers had taken a sub-contract from the opposition to frustrate supplies of petrol to fuel stations as part of a grand plan to create tension in the polity. According to him: “We know who the fuel marketers are. We know the relationship that exists between one of the biggest fuel marketers and a national leader of the APC.
“These unconscionable opposition elements infiltrated the ranks of the fuel marketers, whom they have contracted, in a calculated attempt to frustrate the good efforts of government. “Why have they taken this time when all hands are on deck for the March 28 elections, to cause this artificial fuel scarcity? “The situation is so bad that they are not importing the product. They are even threatening tank owners not to release any fuel in their depot in order to sustain the shortage. “We are aware that the tank owners have reported the threat to the police and other security agencies.
“This shows how desperate and wicked the opposition APC can be in its quest for presidential power. Must they make Nigerians suffer simply because they want to rule? They must desist from this act of sabotage. “The opposition should not take delight in celebrating the pains and sufferings of Nigerians, as they have continued to do with the Boko Haram attacks on our people and nation. “ The APCPCO described the President Jonathan led PDP government as a “badly scripted jaded comedy of blame-game.”
The APCPCO in a statement signed by Malam Garba Shehu last night said that it was ludicrous for the ruling PDP and the Jonathan government to make holding others but themselves accountable for every mess of their administration a comic pastime. Shehu said it was laughable for the PDP and its government to point accusing fingers at the APC for the current fuel scarcity when they were fully aware that it was only a matter of time before the politically-motivated stop-gap policies they had put in place would come haunting them.
The APCPCO Spokesman said that the latest tirade from the PDP offers the clearest indication of the incompetence of the Jonathan government for which Nigerians are ready to vote them out on March 28. “To say the least we at the APCPCO see this latest antic of the PDP and its government as a comic relief for which discerning Nigerians are not amused at all. It has become the signature tune of the PDP and its government to blame the APC and its presidential candidate and party stalwarts for every mess they have made of the lives of Nigerians in virtually every facet.
“With the latest cry-baby antic Nigerians can now see the PDP and its government for what they truly are: incompetent and clueless. What else are they going to accuse the APC and its presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari of? “Will they accuse Buhari and APC of being behind the erratic power supply for which manufacturers are threatening to shut down their plants and for which jobs have already been lost?,” Shehu queried.

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