Director, Strategic Communications of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has berated the Senate President and Director-General of Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation, Dr Bukola Saraki, for giving misleading figures on the amount of fuel consume daily by Nigerians.
Keyamo, who made the remarks in statement issued at his capacity as Official Spokesperson of APC Presidential Campaign Council, said Saraki is trembling over the possible defeat he may suffer in the next month’s general polls in his political stronghold of Kwara State.
Keyamo added that resorted to worn-out political warfare owing largely to the lack of clear campaign agenda for the PDP he is championing its coming back power after the 2015 loss that enthroned President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently seeking a reelection.
According to Keyamo, “Dr. Bukola Saraki’s resort to poorly choreographed and worn-out political brinksmanship is fueled by the obvious absence of any credible agenda or bearing to present to Nigerians in their campaigns.
“In clear demonstration of hallucination with figures, Dr. Bukola Saraki claimed, in an interview with Channels Television a few days ago, that Nigeria’s petrol consumption is about 20-22 million litres per day and that the current import level of about 50million litres is a scam and fraudulent.”
Keyamo noted that “Saraki was in the 7th Senate and knows very well that in 2014 and part of 2015, the PDP Government that was in power was reporting to Nigerians daily PMS consumption of 35-40 million litres per day.”
He recalled that in January, 2014, the average monthly consumption was 38 million litres per day. By January, 2015, under the same government of PDP reported 36 million litres per day and March 2015, the daily consumption reported by PDP government was 45 million litres per day, whilst importing at levels above 80million litres per day.
The human rights activist lawyer said that it is however very strange years later for Saraki to be peddling phantom fuel consumption figure of 20-22 million litres per day.
“The PDP Chief Campaigner discountenanced the obvious fact that within the last three years of the current administration, the Nigerian economy that PDP left in comatose has been jump-started to vibrancy leading to remarkable changes in energy consumption needs and patterns.
“The allegation that the national oil company prevailed on Mr. President not to seek appropriation for subsidy and to rather treat it as cost under-recovery is not only laughable and mischievous, but it is a blatant lie. Verifiable records indicate that NNPC has never claimed subsidy payment from any government in its history of operation. All NNPC’s transactions in this regard have been treated as product costs under-recovery.”