The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the criticism of former Lagos State governor, Senator Bola Tinubu, of the Minister of State for Petroleum, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, for his poor handling of the lingering fuel scarcity in the country as an internal wrangling between the godfather and a minister of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Tinubu, in a widely reported statement on Sunday, asked the minister to apologise to Nigerians for saying he was not a magician in bringing to an end, the fuel crisis.
But PDP, through its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Abdullahi Jalo, said Tinubu lacks the moral right to criticise the minister knowing the role he played in the emergence of the APC-led Federal Government.
The party noted that as an elder statesman, what the APC National Leader should have done was to draw the minister’s attention on what he considered his shortcomings.
The PDP also taunted the APC-led Federal Government for underestimating the petroleum situation in the country.
“If there is anybody that can condemn Kachikwu in this country it is not Bola Tinubu, knowing the antecedents and record of Bola Tinubu who was Lagos State governor. We need a credible person to do that,” the party added.
It noted that APC had promised to provide adequate petroleum products to Nigerians “without considering the implication and the economic downturn. They were in a hurry to make some statements with regard to petroleum and other issues of the nation.”
PDP, however, faulted the minister’s statement that he was not a magician because, according to the party petroleum product is something that affects the country’s economy.
“It is wrong for him to say he is not a magician, it is equally bad for him as a minister to allow fuel scarcity to linger for a long time. We have the means, the government is mapping out a lot of money from looters and other sources. So what went wrong?” PDP asked.