It’ll hinder national development – Fayemi, Aregbesola

Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi and his Osun State counterpart Rauf Aregbesola on Tuesday criticised  the removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government, saying it would hinder national development.

Speaking at separate occasions, both   Action Congress of Nigeria governors blamed the electorate for giving President Goodluck Jonathan their votes  during the April 16, 2011  presidential election.

Fayemi said at a rally of the Ekiti State ACN chairmanship aspirants in Ado-Ekiti  that the Peoples Democracatic Party had   disappointed the masses who defied all odds to vote Jonathan.

He retretted that Joanthan ignored public outcry to remove fuel subsidy, saying its effects would be unbearable for the majority of Nigerians.

To cushion the effects of the removal in Ado-Ekiti, Fayemi said the six buses purchased by the government were aimed at helping workers cope with the pains of the subsidy removal.

He said,  “Already we know that the challenges are there. In anticipation of this, many of you will see the buses right next to you, we know this will reduce the pressure on our people. That is why we purchased these long buses so that we can at least get the workers to their places of work on a much more subsidised rate.”

Speaking at a New Year inter-religious service, Aregbesola said he was shocked that Joanthan approved of the withdrawal  without considering the effects of his action on the poor.

He dissociated himself and the ACN from the subsidy removal, saying the people  of   Osun expressed their democratic choice by not voting for Jonathan.

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It’ll hinder national development – Fayemi, Aregbesola