The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has petitioned the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, asking him to probe reports of illegal diversion of fuel allegedly involving the state Governor, Ayodele Fayose.
A petition by APC State Secretary, Paul Omotoso, also copied to the Director General of the Department of State Security, Lawal Daura, the party said it was in possession of information linking Fayose with alleged fuel diversion involving some officials of NUPENG to sabotage the Federal Government in its service delivery to Nigerians.
“We write to complain on deliberate sabotage mission coordinated by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State working in cahoots with some unscrupulous officials of NUPENG to cause fuel supply disruptions in Ekiti State in order to cause untold hardship for the citizens and blame it on the Federal Government for not doing enough to ameliorate the sufferings of the people while they corruptly enrich themselves,” Omotoso said.
He said the petition was informed by earlier report allegedly linking the governor with the Ekiti State Petroleum Supply Task Force to breach NNPC’s directive to sell fuel at official price.
“Instead on ensuring compliance with NNPC’s directive to sell at official price, the state task force became a racket machine that was moving from filling station to filling station to encourage dealers to sell above the official price to enable the task force make cuts that were later deposited at the Government House,” he explained.
He said information at the party’s disposal confirmed that daily allocations of fuel to the state were being diverted to other states with the connivance of some NUPENG officials and the governor to sabotage the Federal Government in order to set the people against the President.
“For instance, records few days ago showed that 10 trailers of fuel for Ekiti State as demanded in a letter by Fayose 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 official position 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 Governor in his letter deceived the depot authorities that he would sell the product to Ekiti people at controlled price but ended up diverting same to other states.
“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 causing protests by the real marketers in the state,” he said.
In a petition that Omotoso also attached a copy of the governor’s letter, he explained that the companies in the letter include BOS Oil, Alade Oil and Amsek Filling Station in Ado-Ekiti that were selling above official price.
“Other stations that do not exist in Ekiti State but which the governor requested supply for in his letter include Royal Oil, which the governor falsely claimed to exist in Omuo-Ekiti.
“The other is Rova Oil filling station, which no longer exists in Ekiti because it has since been sold to another company and its name changed and it is now operating under NNPC. It is selling above NNPC official price.
“Bisi Jay Oil is located in Ile-Oluji, Ondo State, but it is one of the companies in the governor’s letter to NNPC for fuel supply to Ekiti State, while Ademur Oil in the governor’s letter is located in Osun State.
“Moson Global is located in Ifon, Ondo State, but received Ekiti allocation at NNPC official price but selling above official price to the public,” he added.
Omotoso said there was need for the security agencies, NNPC and Ministry of Petroleum Resources 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 their unpatriotic act to sabotage the Federal Government”.