Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said the inability of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to fix Nigeria’s refineries during its 16-year reign is partly responsible for the ongoing fuel scarcity.
Fuel scarcity resurfaced across Nigeria some weeks back, with some marketers adjusting the price.
Speaking on Channels TV’s Politics Today, Oshiomhole, who is a deputy Director-General of Tinubu-Shettima Campaign Council, blamed the opposition party for its inconsistency on privatization og refineries.
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He said, “We must ask the question: who destroyed the refineries? What was the condition of the refineries by 1999? From 1999 to 2015, PDP was in power for 16 years. During this 16 years, if they bring out the figure, what they claimed to have spent maintaining these refineries, you will faint.
“And a PDP president decided to privatise the refineries, that was (Olusegun) Obasanjo, towards the tail end of his tenure, another PDP president came and revised the privatisation, promised six months that fuel will be available,” he said.
“So, if you have to talk about the maintenance of the refineries, you will have to trace it to the 16 years of the PDP, they couldn’t fix it.”
He listed the successes of the APC administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari since assumption of office in May 2015 to include the Petroleum Industry Act, and attracting the “right investment” to the sector including the refinery in Lagos owned by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote.