Rivers APC Claims Fuel Scarcity, Seeks Government Intervention

The All Progressives Congress in Rivers State has condemned the artificial scarcity of petroleum products in Port Harcourt and other parts of the state.

The party said the situation caused by a leadership spat in the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria was unfortunate.

State APC spokesman Darlington Nawuju said so in a statement released Thursday in Port Harcourt, when he called on the state government to intervene.

The statement read: “The APC is shocked that Rivers people and businesses in Rivers State have been forced to pay more than N700 per liter of gasoline from black market traders due to IPMAN’s failure to resolve its internal leadership problems.

“We therefore appeal to the Rivers State Government not to ignore the hardships of the people and to act swiftly as any responsive and responsible government would do to save all those living and doing business in the state.” .

“This call has become opportune as the cost of living and doing business in the state has geometrically multiplied over the past 72 hours.

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“The APC believes this situation is exacerbated by the absence of an energy or petroleum resources commissioner, who should have overseen the problems emanating from that all-important sector.”

In another development, the APC said it had received reports from credible quarters that Independent National Electoral Commission officials in the state’s various Local Government Areas colluded with ruling party agents to control the distribution of temporary voter lists in the 319 wards. manipulate the country. the state.

“We have found that this action will naturally lead to the withholding and destruction of the records of supporters of opposition political parties, with the intention of denying them their inalienable rights to collect their Permanent Voter Cards and then vote for their favorite candidates/parties. year.

“We therefore demand that INEC immediately warn its officials working in the 23 local government areas in Rivers State to prevent politically exposed persons from playing into the hands.

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“We also warn, by extension, that without doing so, the Election Referee will sow doubts in the minds of the general public as to his neutrality and willingness to act within his powers, as set forth in Section 153(f) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

“We call on security forces in the state to do more on intelligence gathering to deal with the enemies of the democratic process in the state.

“Finally, the APC leadership in the state, under Commander-in-Chief Emeka Beke, would like to reiterate our commitment to ensuring a free, fair and credible electoral process in the state,” Nwauju said.

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