Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State, Bro. Felix Obuah, has strongly asked Rivers citizens to be prepared to resist what he called a visionless All Progressives Congress, APC, that has impoverished them and destroyed the economy.
This is just as he criticized the increase in electricity tariffs as announced by the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government through the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, describing the new power tariff regime as a further means of bringing hardship and suffering on Rivers electricity consumers and indeed all Nigerians, in the absence of affordable and available petroleum products.
Bro. Obuah, in a statement signed by Jerry Needam, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, faulted the decision of the NERC and by extension, the federal government, for the wrong timing and the excruciating pains on Nigerians, who voted in anticipation of positive change but are now struggling to survive the effects of bad economic policies and actions of the APC administration at the centre.
“Considering the plight of innocent Rivers consumers in this circumstance, the PDP is of the view that the Federal government should take urgent and effective steps in addressing the dwindling economic situation and poverty that is growing across the country so as to cushion the resultant effects of such increment in electricity power tariffs”, the statement said.
While sympathizing with Rivers people, the PDP chair called on them to resist bad economic policies of the APC by speaking out.
Obuah further urged the NERC to reconsider its decision, particularly its implementation at this period when the economy appears to have collapsed under the current APC government at the centre, and when good governance has become an illusion in the country.
He also said that few months into the life of the Buhari administration, petroleum products have been consistently scarce while the available one is sold exorbitantly, prices of food items and other consumables rising astronomically, transport fare becoming unbearable, while essential service now a mirage in the country.
This, he said, is unacceptable as it negates the very essence of government.
The PDP Chairman also condemned the inability of the APC led Federal Government under Buhari, to release money meant for States from the Federation Account in December, which he pointed out affected the payment of workers’ salaries before Christmas and New Year.
Obuah said that the APC lacked vision and sound economic policies to drive Nigeria successfully, and urged Rivers People to disown the APC and all its candidates.