Governor Ayodele Fayose has claimed that the ongoing fuel scarcity is a deliberate plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) government to spoil Christmas and New Year festivities for Nigerians.
Governor Fayose also accused the Federal Government of deliberately hoarding fuel so as to hike pump price to N185 from N145 per litre.
Fayose said in a statement by his media aide, Lere Olayinka that the Muhammadu Buhari administration was unfeeling to the sufferings Nigerians are passing through daily on fuel queues.
The governor equally slammed the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for not directing its ultimatum to end fuel scarcity to President Muhammadu Buhari who is the Minister of Petroleum, but rather to his deputy, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum.
“Petrol is scarce across the country because the federal government deliberately reduced supply since it is only the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that is importing the product and the result is the scarcity being experienced now,” Fayose said.
“The thinking is that by the time the scarcity persists for like one month, with Nigerians already buying at N200 per litre, the people will jump at it if petrol is increased from N145 to N185 per litre.
“Allowing fuel scarcity to persist for over two weeks when Nigerians are preparing to celebrate Christmas and New Year is the height of wickedness on the part of the All Progressives Congress (APC) federal government.
“Funny enough, instead of directing its anger to President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the Minister of Petroleum, on December 7, 2017, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) choose to give the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu seven days ultimatum to end the fuel scarcity.
“Today is December 17, exactly ten days after the misplaced ultimatum was given, the situation has even gotten worse.
“By the time the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) goes on strike as being threatened, the whole country will be shut down and one wonders what will become of Nigerians that desire to move around during the festive season.
“This time, Nigerians will resist any attempt to further impoverish them by increasing the pump price of petrol.”