The All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, led Federal Government of acting out a clandestine script to increase fuel prices through the back door.

The opposition party alleged that the ongoing nation-wide fuel scarcity may have been induced to establish higher fuel prices.

In a statement issued by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said that the scarcity had persisted despite claims and counter-claims by the government and the oil marketers, as well as the measures purportedly taken by the government to ameliorate the situation.

?The more fuel trucks the government claims to have sent to major cities to ease the scarcity, the more difficult it is for Nigerians to obtain the product. This is an old trick and Nigerians should not be hoodwinked into believing there will be no increase in fuel prices. The only deterrent is to let the government know Nigerians will resist any price hike. The truth is that with the elections approaching, the PDP-led FG is desperately seeking all possible avenues to raise funds for its usual electoral shenanigans, and increasing fuel prices has always been an attractive option to the government, not minding what the impact will be on the same people it has impoverished since 1999,? APC said.

APC noted that the lingering scarcity had already forced many Nigerians to pay as much as N120 per litre for fuel, which, the party claimed, was exactly as the Federal Government wanted it to be.
?The next refrain from the government will be that only higher prices will guarantee the availability of the product, and that many marketers are unwilling to import the product because of low profit margin. We urge Nigerians not to swallow this bait,? the party said.

It commended the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, for the union?s timely warningagainst any plan to hike fuel prices. It also insisted that the Goodluck JonathanAdministration?s assurances that fuel prices would not be increased were not worth anything because the government was credibility-deficient.

?The big deception of 2012, when the government slammed a massive price hike on Nigerians on New Year?s day despite assurances to the contrary, is still too fresh in the memories of Nigerians. The same people who inflicted that pain on Nigerians arestill in charge, so no one should trust them,? APC warned.
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