The Peoples Democratic party (PDP) has rejected the plan by the ruling All Progressive Party to re-introduce toll gate in Nigeria’s highway.
The party complained that APC is insensitive to the plight of Nigerians.
Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP National Publicity Secretary, release a statement on Wednesday, on behalf of the PDP, said the idea, in the midst of excruciating economic hardship and high costs of living occasioned wrong policies by the incompetence and harsh policies of the Buhari administration, is completely ill-conceived and anti-people.
Ologbondiyan, said by this the time Nigerians ought to be “enjoying the benefits of the Atiku Abubakar’s economic recovery and wealth creation blueprint but unfortunately they are faced with suppressive policies”
PDP are of the opinion that Buhari’s administration is clueless and insensitive to the plight of the people, the return of toll gates would amount to executive bullying.
The statement read: “Only recently, President Buhari approved the increase of Value Added Tax (VAT) from 5% to 7.2% despite outcry by Nigerians, who are also being made to pay exorbitant tariffs for electricity and other essential services.
“Since President Buhari came into office in 2015, his administration had continued to increase prices and impose all manner of levies on Nigerians which proceeds are being frittered by the cabal in the presidency leading to a bleeding economy and despondency among the citizenry.
“The PDP says that instead of putting more pressure on already impoverished Nigerians by introducing toll gates at this point in time, President Buhari should exert himself, seek ways of creating wealth out of the abundant resources at the disposal of his administration or make haste to surrender the reign of governance to more competent hands.
“Nigerians could recall that the PDP administration, in keeping with our determination to ensure the wellbeing and economic prosperity of our citizens, dismantled toll gates, cut tax profiles and applied our energies towards wealth creation.
“It is therefore certain that if our nation were under a PDP administration, as desired by Nigerians, competent hands would have been on the deck to proffer ways to create wealth for governance instead of turning our citizens into vassals who are overburdened by heavy taxes.
“The PDP therefore charges President Buhari to immediately rescind the decision to return toll gates on our highways as such is not in the best interest of Nigerians.”
As at the time of filling this report APC spokesperson was unable to response to the PDP stands on the issue.
Most Nigerians has condemned and rejected the idea reintroducing toll gate in Nigeria by Buhari’s government and asked senate to stand up for the occasion and join PDP to reject such moves.