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October 20, 2020
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APC Government’s Hike in Electricity Tariff Is Draconian, Says PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rejects, in its entirely, the over
200 percent increase in electricity tariff announced by the All
Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration, describing it as
draconian and completely against the interest and wellbeing of
Nigerians.

The party charges the Federal Government to immediately rescind the
obnoxious and provocative policy and consult further with Nigerians
before any such tariff hike.

The PDP described the increase in electricity tariff as a 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 is lamentable that Nigerians, who are already suffering the
devastating negative impact of the recent increase in the Value Added
Tax (VAT) from 5 percent 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.

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.

Moreover, the PDP invites 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 insists that any administration that has the interest of the
people at heart should provide alternatives or hold consultations with
the people before imposing such harsh tariff on its citizenry.

The party therefore 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.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

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