Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in a recent submission has opened up on how the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole resisted the removal of fuel subsidy during the administration of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Atiku who is a former vice-president as well as the President Candidate for the PDP in the 2019 election recounted how he presided over the negotiations with the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, with Oshiomhole as the Chairman.
He revealed that Oshiomole vehemently opposed the move.
Atiku made this known in tweet which reads;
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Obasanjo administration embarked on a regime of subsidy removal.
But the former NLC Chairman frustrated the efforts. Even at that, the Obasanjo government achieved some measures of subsidy removal before their exit in 2007.
The Obasanjo government in which I served commenced a phased subsidy withdrawal.
I was tasked with negotiating with then NLC Chairman and current APC Chairman who stood strongly against it.”
However, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) has announced the removal of the price cap on the retail price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
In a reaction to the PPPRA’s announcement, Atiku said;
“FG finally withdraws from the fuel subsidy and price-fixing bazaar that had been rife with corruption and stalling investments.”