The Ekiti State Council of Elders and the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) called to resolve the fuel scarcity in the state ended in a deadlock.
The residents of Ekiti has been experiencing no supply of petroleum products in the last three weeks because of the face-off between the marketers and Governor Ayodele Fayose.
Recently, the state demolished some filling stations for allegedly contravening the environmental law, with some hoodlums attacking filling stations owned by the Secretary of the Petroleum Dealers Association of Nigeria, Suleiman Akinbami, and another businessman known as Ade Bank.
At the meeting attended by a few leading monarchs in the state, the elders appealed to the union to resume sale of fuel in the state.
A source at the meeting said part of the criteria for a peaceful resolution of the crisis that must be met by the government would be the rebuilding of the two petrol stations that were damaged by hoodlums.
Reading a communiqué after the meeting, the Secretary General of the Elders Council, Niyi Ajibulu, appealed to the two feuding parties to settle their differences.
At the meeting were IPMAN members led by Remi Oguntuase, leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress, religious leaders, market men and women as well as transport unions.
Ajibulu added that the stakeholders would meet with the governor to extract a commitment from him for a peaceful and quick resolution of the matter.
Similarly, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Isola Fapohunda, appealed to the marketers to reopen their stations, noting that it would be in the best interest of the Ekiti people.
Meanwhile, the wife of the governor, Mrs. Feyisetan Fayose, has called on the spouses of traditional rulers in the state to support her husband’s bid to sustain continuity in governance after his tenure ends.
She stated this at Afao Ekiti while hosting the wives of traditional rulers operating under the umbrella of Ekiti State Council of Oloris on Wednesday.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )