Nigeria's states nationwide are experiencing serious fuel scarcity, with the government accusing the All Progressives Congress (APC) of being behind the problem.
Channels TV informs that Nigerians are forced to queue hours at various fuel stations. March 2, Monday, some commuters were said to have spend from 5 to 8 hours waiting.
An attendant at a filling station in Bariga, Lagos, disclosed that his station had not sold petrol for the past three days. According to the employee, the tanks were dry and the reserves exhausted.
At some points the pump price rose from the official 87 Naira per litre to 100 Naira and above.
Meanwhile the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) urged people not to engage in panic buying, which could be the reason for the artificial fuel scarcity, according to the corporation's spokesman.
The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO) alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was to blame for the crisis.
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Moreover, the ruling party accused the opposition of sabotaging Federal Government’s effort at ensuring that there was supply of petroleum products.
Femi Fani-Kayode, the PDP's campaign director, said in a statement published on Vanguard:
"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."
The APC got outraged by the statement saying that the acting authorities had simply abdicated their responsibility to the people.
"The questions to ask are: who runs the NNPC? Who pays subsidy to fuel marketers? Who has used federal resources to bribe individuals and groups to such a level that there is no money to run the government, not to talk of paying subsidies?"
It is worth noting that ahead of the upcoming general elections in the country, both parties, the main competitors, continue blaming each other for fuel scarcity.