The opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, has expressed concern about what Nigerians are going through due to a shortage of redesigned Naira banknotes in circulation.

The party’s candidate for governor in Jigawa state, Dr. Mustapha Sule Lamido, lamented on Thursday while addressing supporters of the party’s local government in Sule-Tankarkar.

He said Nigerians are suffering from pain and hardship, especially those in the hard-to-reach areas due to the deadline given by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The DAILY POST reported that merchants in Jigawa state have gone out of business due to a shortage of the new Naira notes.

Lamido said that a responsible government must present a policy that benefits its citizens and does not put them in difficult situations.

“What we observed today during our rally is that people are suffering due to the rejection of old banknotes by some merchants, especially in rural areas.

“Spending your hard-earned money now is one problem and changing it is another due to the unavailability of banks in most communities,” he said.

He blamed the All Progressives Congress administration for deliberate plans to create unnecessary hardship for Nigerians.

According to him, “apart from the difficult situation that the APC-led administration had put Nigeria through with insecurity, fuel shortages, inflation and rising university enrollment fees, it also added salt to the injuries to through its new naira policy.”

However, the PDP gubernatorial candidate advised Nigerians to consider the situation and vote for the APC in the upcoming elections.