There seems to be a crack in the ranks of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, Ekiti State, following threats by the state governor, Ayodele Fayose, to revoke their filling stations certificates of occupancy if they fail to reopen their stations. The marketers embarked on an indefinite strike over their faceoff with Mr. Fayose, regarding the siting of filling stations by some of their members. As the ultimatum rolls to its expiration on Thursday, a few filling started selling the products in Ado-Ekiti.
A similar threat was issued by the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), warning the marketers to call off the strike or face dire consequences. The threats came after angry youth on Monday stormed some of the fuel stations and destroyed machines and buildings. But a member of IPMAN who said he would not want to be named for fear of victimization, said they were united on the cause to get the government to accede to their demands. “We are not in any way polarized, we only told our members to be selling occasionally to people to ease their sufferings,” he said. “Last week, some sold the product to the people and was it the government’s threat that did the magic? We are still on strike and nothing will stop us.”