The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has accused the state Governor, Ayodele Fayose, of diversion of petroleum products meant for the state, thereby contributing to the lingering fuel scarcity being experienced in the state. According to Vanguard, the Publicity Secretary of APC in Ekiti state, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said in a statement released yesterday April 24th, that Fayose and his aides in connivance with some NUPENG officials, were allegedly diverting the daily petroleum supply meant for the state to other states.
“Records have revealed that 10 trailers of fuel for Ekiti State on Fayose’s request were diverted mostly to stations outside the state. The Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Mrs Dupe Alade, had earlier written for same allocation but her letter to NNPC was stepped down when Fayose used his office to request for the allocation of fuel to 10 filling stations, many of which do not exist in Ekiti State The governor’s letter was addressed to the Area Manager at Mosimi and minuted to Ore and was processed by the Ore office of NNPC.
The trailers were loaded on Wednesday and Thursday the 20th and 21st of April but the real fuel companies and vendors were prevented from loading until the 10 trailers demanded by the governor left the depot but were diverted to other stations outside Ekiti State,”he said According to Olatunbosun, this action by Fayose has led to shortage of petroleum products in the state.
He said the diverted fuel were taken to fictitious companies Fashola listed in his letter to NNPC. Among the companies include “Royal Oil, which the letter falsely claimed to exist in Omuo-Ekiti. Rova Oil, also on the governor’s letter, no longer exists in Ekiti because it has since been sold and its name changed and it is now operating under NNPC. It is located in Ajilosun area of the state capital and selling above NNPC official price. Other non-existent stations in Ekiti but which appeared in the governor’s letter and was allocated fuel is Bisi Jay located in Ile-Oluji in Ondo State. The other company that received Ekiti State’s allocation is Ademur located in Osun State.
This company has no station in Ekiti and it has no lifting right or permit in Ore, while Eyeowa Fuel that got allocation does not exist in Ekiti,” the statement read. He challenged the governor to deny ever writing to the NNPC for fuel allocation.
“There is need for the security agencies and the Minister for Petroleum to investigate the governor’s activities at the NNPC offices both in Ore and Mosimi and the roles of NUPENG officials in this wicked unleashing of pains on Ekiti people by unpatriotic act to sabotage the Federal Government,”.