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Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has said that he would not change his stance on policy restricting the operations of petrol marketers in Ekiti State.
The governor insisted that he cannot compromise the safety of the people on the altar of business convenience.
Meanwhile,commuters have begun to trek long distance as few vehicles that got fuel hike transport fares.
The latest crisis is not unconnected with the last unresolved matters which the dealers alleged the governor of witch-hunt and harassment .
Independent learnt that the governor had taken the petrol dealers to court over an alleged sabotage.
The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) are angry with a court case instituted against two of the unions by Fayose.
It was further learnt that the order to halt fuel supply to Ekiti came from unions leadership in Abuja and it is not certain whether the order will last for too long.
Even though the case was reportedly withdrawn last Friday, the national unions of the three bodies are enraged that government could take such an action after a peace meeting.
Marketers are angry that the governor took the action after the intervention of Petroleum Dealers Association of Nigeria (PEDAN) following strike in protest against demolition of some filling stations.
A marketer who asked not to be named was quoted as saying that “After the visit of PEDAN in Southwest, the governor said everything has been resolved and settled but we were shocked that he (Fayose) took IPMAN and NUPENG to court accusing them of economic sabotage.
“After that, more filling stations were destroyed along Pathfinder in Ado and in Igede with the owner of the Igede filling station charged to court and remanded alongside six of his kinsmen by government.
“These unions are aggrieved that all their peace efforts have failed and they are disappointed with some extreme actions taken by the governor after the parley.
“What is happening in Ekiti now 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 commodity to Ekiti will be slammed with a six-month suspension and a fine of N1.2 million.”
Another marketer who does not want his name in print said: “We are being victimized by the Fayose government and this is very unfortunate happening in the week the late Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo will be buried.
“I only pity the innocent consumers, motorists, motorcyclists and their passengers who are now suffering for the sin they never committed.
“As we speak, I have three trucks in the depot but they cannot come to Ekiti now because of the order.
“Many of my colleagues are having their trucks stranded in places like Itawure and Akure because they cannot enter Ado Ekiti.
“Although government has withdrawn the case but a letter to that effect arrived the national headquarters of the unions late.
“We need a letter of apology from the state government because we are aggrieved about the court which we believe was withdrawn because of Adebayo’s burial.
“Those of us selling fuel are the ones still having few consignments but the moment they exhaust them, that is the end and the entire state will witness lock