Vice presidential candidate of the Peop le’s Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi, has dismissed the claim that the party’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar, promised to reduce the cost of premium motor spirit (PMS), popularly known as petrol, to N87 or N90 per litre if elected.
The party’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, had issued a statement on November 1, 2018, to announce that Atiku has worked out a pricing template that will immediately crash the pump price of fuel in the country if he becomes president in 2019.
The statement read, “Our Party is talking with top international players in the oil and gas industry, and this engagement has shown that the appropriate pump price of fuel in the Nigerian market, under the current subsidy regimes of the Buhari Presidency, should be within the borders of N87 to N90.”
“We urge Nigerians not to despair as our Presidential candidate, Atiku, has already worked out a blueprint that will end sleazes, ensure appropriate pricing template and free resources to guarantee the availability of product on a national pricing regime,” Ologbondiyan added.
Contrary to the party’s position, Obi, a former Anambra State governor, has distanced the candidate from the promise which stirred a lot of debate two weeks ago.
While speaking during an interview on Arise TV’s The Morning Show on Monday, November 12, 2018, Obi said there’s a distinction between the party making the promise and the candidate doing the same.
He said, “The candidate didn’t say so. If they ask me, that was the party spokesman. I, as Peter Obi, will tell you that it’ll be determined by market forces.
“When the candidate starts, he’ll make promises and I, as his loyal vice president, will ensure that whatever he’s promised, we’ll keep it.”