The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has ruled politics out of the reduction of fuel price from 97 to 87 naira.
There have been arguments on social media since the Minister of Petroleum made the announcement on Sunday.

Some observers say the President wanted to use the reduction to win the heart of the people ahead of the February 14 presidential election.

However, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, at a press briefing in Abuja on Monday, said the administration was only trying to make life little tolerable for Nigerians.

Metuh during the media briefing insisted that President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration had also been fair to the Northern region in terms of projects, political appointments and establishment of Almajiri schools.

He said: “The present administration has done a lot more for the three zones in the north than any of the administration before it in the areas of agriculture, education, roads, railways and many more.”

Speaking on the activities of Boko Haram in the northeast, Metuh said the sect would have overrun half of the country if not for the person and character of President Jonathan.

“The problem that we have in the northeast to deal with is insurgency. It is not the making of this government, but this government has tried as much as possible to contain it.

“If not for the character, candour, the personality of the President, these insurgents would have overrun more than half of Nigeria. We would have been under occupation of terrorists if not for the determination, the style and the character and personality of the President,” Metuh stated.

The party chieftain expressed optimism about the February 14 presidential poll, noting that that the PDP would win convincingly in the six geo-political zones in the country.

He said: “PDP will win in the North-West, North-Central, North East, South-South, South-East and South-West. APC will not win in any of the zones and our victory will be very convincing.

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“It has nothing to do with politics. This is not the first time that we have had fuel price decrease in this country. You will recall that when the late President Umaru Yar A’dua came into office, he reduced the pump price from N75 to N65. And it was on N65 for a very long time. That was not politics”.