The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria has accused the Ekiti State Government of demolishing filling stations owned by politicians who are not members of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
Chairman of the South-West Zone of IPMAN, Debo Ahmed, who made the allegation, maintained that all the filling stations demolished on the order of Governor Ayodele Fayose, had valid documents to operate in their various locations.
He lamented that rather than wait for the outcome of the committee the government set up to review the siting of filling stations in unauthorised areas, Fayose had ordered the demolition of about five stations.
Ahmed said, “All the demolished stations have the necessary papers, including the approval from the Department for Petroleum Resources and the police. We know that his action is political. Majority of the filling stations so far demolished are owned by politicians in the opposition parties in the state. That is the reason he is demolishing them.”
He further accused the state government of using thugs to harass attendants of filling stations.
Reacting to the allegation, Fayose, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said owners of the demolished stations contravened town planning laws of the state.
The governor denied playing politics with the issue even as he challenged the IPMAN boss to provide names of the politicians who owned the affected stations.
Olayinka said, “He should tell Nigerians the owners of petrol stations demolished and the parties they belong. It is such a puerile argument coming from people who believe they should be worshipped like gods even when they are flagrantly contravening the laws of the state and endangering the lives of the people.
“What the government did was to stop the construction of five petrol stations. They are located at residential and school areas. On the one owned by a certain Alhaji Akinbami, the position of the government is that no worship house should operate on the premises of the petrol station.”
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