The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State has warned against the possible hijacking of fuel subsidy removal protest by those it called “artificial activists”.
The PDP said the protesters had a legitimate right to protest, but that it should be devoid of violence.
“We urge the protesters to ensure that the protest is peaceful. The Lagos PDP has thrown its weight behind the right of the people to hold peaceful protest. We believe Lagosians should not protest behind some activists with selfish interests,” the party said in a statement signed by its Director of Publicity, Taofik Gani, on Tuesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that civil society and labour groups took to the streets in Lagos on Tuesday to protest the fuel subsidy removal by the government.
The removed led to a raise in the pump price of petrol from N65 per litre to between N141 and N145 per litre in Lagos Metropolis.
The PDP said the activists, who participated in the protest, were only seeking relevance.
“They are not genuinely on the side of the masses, but they want cheap patronage of the government”, the statement added.
The party further criticised some state governors for allegedly withdrawing their support for the removal of the subsidy.
“We are well informed that all the governors, irrespective of their parties, supported the removal of the subsidy.
“The overall interest of Nigerians is indeed greater than that of any group or cabal on the subsidy matter,” the PDP said.