The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Federal Government of acting out a clandestine script to increase fuel prices
through the back door. The party said the ongoing nationwide fuel scarcity may have been induced to make higher fuel prices a fait accompli for Nigerians.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday by the Interim National
Publicity Secretary of APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the fact that the scarcity had persisted despite the claims and counter-claims by the government and the oil markers, and the measures purportedly taken
by the government to ameliorate the situation, is the clearest indication of official deception.
”The more fuel trucks the government claims to have sent to major cities to ease the scarcity, the more difficult it is for Nigerians to obtain the product. This is an old trick and Nigerians should not be hoodwinked into believing there will be no increase in fuel prices. The only deterrent is to let the government know Nigerians will resist any price hike.
”The truth is that with the elections approaching, the PDP-led FG is desperately seeking all possible avenues to raise funds for its usual electoral shenanigans, and increasing fuel prices has always been an attractive option to the government, not minding what the impact will be on the same people it has impoverished since 1999,” it said. APC said the lingering scarcity had already forced many Nigerians to pay as much as N120 per litre of fuel, which is exactly as the FG wants it to be.