The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation on Monday attributed the sudden fuel scarcity in many parts of the country to alleged sabotage by the opposition All Progressives Congress, which it said had infiltrated the ranks of the fuel marketers.
Director of Media and Publicity of the PDPPCO, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, said in a statement in Abuja that the fuel marketers had taken what he described as a sub-contract from the opposition to frustrate supplies of petrol to fuel stations as part of a grand plan to create tension in the polity.
Fani-Kayode said, “We know who the fuel marketers are. We know the relationship that exists between one of the biggest fuel marketers and a national leader of the APC.
“These unconscionable opposition elements infiltrated the ranks of the fuel marketers, whom they have contracted, in a calculated attempt to frustrate the good efforts of government.
“Why have they taken this time when all hands are on deck for the March 28 election to cause this artificial fuel scarcity? The situation is so bad that they are not importing the product.
“They are even threatening tank farmers not to release any fuel in their depot in order to sustain the shortage. We are aware that the tank farmers have reported the threat to the Police and other security agencies.”
He said the move showed how desperate and wicked the opposition could be in its quest for presidential power, asking if it must make Nigerians suffer simply because it wants to rule.