The People’s Democratic Party, PDP has joined the nation’s Labour movement and other stakeholders to criticize the Federal Government over Wednesday’s increase in petrol pump price.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary,Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement described the raise as punishment on Nigerians given the prevailing economic situation in the country.

The statement also noted that the increase despite the decline price of crude oil in the international market is unjustifiable and exposes the insincerity of the Federal Government.

The party also challenges the All Progressives Congress, APC-led Federal Government to present to Citizens, the indices and parameters it used to determine the price increase, which obviously cannot be in tandem with the prevalent situation in the global industry.

On its part, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG at separate events to protest the hike both noted that they received news of the increase with shock and promised to resist a policy they said is inhuman.

Their reaction came as marketers began implementation of the new pump price less than 24-hours after the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA announced a new price regime of 140.80-143.80 naira for the month of July in line with its monthly price band.