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Fuel price hike will cause more hardship for Nigerians — Ayu

The national chairman-elect of the People’s Democratic Party, Iyorchia Ayu, says the planned hike in the price of premium motor spirit...

The national chairman-elect of the People’s Democratic Party, Iyorchia Ayu, says the planned hike in the price of premium motor spirit (PMS), popularly known as petrol, will further bring hardship to Nigerians as well as increase prices of foodstuff and crimes rate in the country.

He said this in Abuja Thursday while fielding questions from journalists after releasing the communique issued at the end of the PDP’s 2021 two-day national retreat.

Ayu said Nigerians had already been pressed ahead of the planned increase of petroleum pump price because of too much hardship.

He said the All Progressives Congress (APC) government was trying to “take us into the highest level of suffering and ultimately, taking Nigerians to a position of non-existence”.

He said: “The PDP does not believe in visiting more hardship on the Nigerian people. The party has not discussed the issue of increase in petroleum prices but our general position is that the people of Nigeria are already hard pressed, there is so much hardship.

“If you’re poor, you’re not going to benefit from what is called petroleum subsidy.”

Ayu said the incoming NWC would consider the reports of committees constituted by the outgoing executive, look at the facts and attend to each issue according to the facts available.

He said the party leadership shall put the house in order no matter who would be affected by following due process.

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