PDP tells Buhari to quit as petroleum minister

THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Sunday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to quit his role as the Minister of Petroleum so as to save Nigerians the trauma of sleeping in fuel stations in order to get fuel.

According to a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said, “the failure of the Buhari Presidency to resolve its inflicted unabated fuel crisis, which has brought untold hardship to Nigerians” is unpardonable.

“We call on President Buhari to quit this all-important Ministry of Petroleum Resources and allow competent hands to save our people from the anguish and pains they have been subjected to in the last few months,” the statement added.

Checks revealed that Nigerians, in recent months have struggled to get fuel after the nation experienced fuel scarcity at the twilight of 2017. Though, fuel queues have disappeared in several parts of the country, but Nigerians still have difficulty getting petrol, thus they are forced to buy the product above the official price of N145 per litre.

Buhari, as the Minister of Petroleum, the PDP stressed that the President must directly accept his responsibility for the manifest failure in the oil sector, even as his government should be held responsible for the provoked economic and security situation in the country under its watch.

The opposition party, however wants the President to appoint “competent hands” to manage the affairs to the ministry.

Also, the party accused the Presidency of unapologetically failing to fix a national problem, which it promised to resolve within one week in December, concluding that it has no solution but intends to continue to hold the nation to ransom.

In addition, PDP said “poor coordination, inefficiency and reported heavy sleazes in the petroleum sector”, under the direct supervision of the President, raises a lot of issues which require urgent action, stressing that the President has failed to take decisive steps.

“Rather, the sector has been delivered to an APC cabal, whose mission, particularly, the desperate re-election bid, largely account for the biting fuel situation and the economic misery Nigerians suffer today”.

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