- Stakeholders in the oil sector stopped supply of oil to Ekiti state
- They said Governor Ayo Fayose insulted them by instituting a legal action against them
- The incident has caused long queues at filling stations in the state
The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and other stakeholders in the oil sector have stopped the distribution of fuel to Ekiti state because of the action of Governor Ayo Fayose.
The Nation reports that the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) also joined in the refusal to supply the state fuel.
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It was reported that Governor Fayose had instituted a case against IPMAN and NUPENG accusing them of “economic sabotage” in a face-off with oil marketers in March.
The governor later withdrew the case but the unions expressed anger that the governor could take such steps after a peace meeting was held.
Since their refusal to supply fuel, there have been long queues at filling stations while black marketers are taking advantage of the situation to sell at high prices.
A marketer who spoke on the condition of anonymity said: “After the visit of PEDAN in Southwest, Governor Fayose said everything has been resolved, but we were shocked that he sued IPMAN and NUPENG, accusing them of sabotage.
“Filling stations were destroyed in Ado and Igede. The owner of Igede Filling Station was arraigned and remanded with six of his kinsmen by the government.
“The unions are aggrieved that their peaceful efforts have been thwarted. They are disappointed at the actions taken by the governor after the parley.
“What is happening in Ekiti State is beyond the local marketers. The national unions have ordered the suspension of fuel supply to the state.
“The implication is that any marketer who smuggles the product to Ekiti will be suspended for six months and fined N1.2 million.”
Another marketer lamented that they were being victimised by the governor and that he must apologise to them or else his people will suffer.
“We are being victimised by the Fayose administration. This, unfortunately, is happening in the week Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo will be buried.
“I pity consumers, motorists, motorcyclists and passengers.
“As we speak, I have three trucks in the depot, but they cannot come to Ekiti because of the order.
“My colleagues’ trucks are stranded in Itawure and Akure because they cannot enter Ado-Ekiti.
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“Although the government has withdrawn the case, a letter to that effect arrived the national headquarters of the unions late.
“We need an apology letter from the government because we are aggrieved about the case, which we believe was withdrawn because of Adebayo’s burial.
“Those of us selling fuel are the ones still having a few consignments. The moment we exhaust them, that is the end. The state will experience crisis.”
Meanwhile, Fayose insisted that he has the right to leave the Peoples Democratic Party as there is no law preventing him from doing so.
The party has been involved in leadership tussle with Senator Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi taking the case to the Apex Court to determine who deserves to be the true chairman of the party.
He said he still remained a member of the PDP for now but would not hesitate to dump the party if Sheriff wins at the Supreme Court.