In a surprising move, three members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have thrown their support behind President Bola Tinubu on the removal of petroleum subsidy. The Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, immediate past governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, and former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, made this known during their visit to the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday.
During the visit, Makinde stated that they were there to let the president know that he has the support of the generality of the people. On the subsidy issue, Makinde said, “We discussed it. It’s something that is on top of public discussion right now. We know it’s a tough decision for the people and he needs the support of everybody to see this through.”
The PDP chieftain, Ibori, and Tinubu served as governors under different political platforms between 1999 and 2007 while Wike and Makinde are members of the PDP’s rebel G5 governors that worked against the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar in the February elections.
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This move by the PDP members is a significant development in Nigerian politics, as it shows a willingness to put party affiliations aside and work together for the betterment of the country. With the removal of petroleum subsidy being a highly contentious issue, the support of these influential PDP members could help to ease tensions and ensure that the necessary reforms are implemented smoothly.
It is important to note that the removal of petroleum subsidy has been a topic of discussion in Nigeria for a long time, with many arguing that it is an unnecessary burden on the country’s finances. However, others argue that the removal of the subsidy could lead to an increase in the cost of living for ordinary Nigerians. With the support of these PDP members, it is hoped that the government can find a solution that is in the best interests of all Nigerians.
In conclusion, the support of these PDP members for the removal of petroleum subsidy is a welcome development in Nigerian politics. It shows that there is a willingness to work together for the betterment of the country, and that party affiliations can be put aside when necessary. It is hoped that this support will help to ease tensions and ensure that the necessary reforms are implemented smoothly.