Fuel Scarcity Can Threaten Elections – INEC

Mahmood Yakubu
Mahmood Yakubu (Credit: Ripples Nigeria)

Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has revealed that the logistics arrangement for the upcoming general elections in February and March, might be greatly affected by the current fuel scarcity looming in the country.

In the last couple of weeks, fuel scarcity has become a major issue for both private and corporate bodies in Nigeria. The scarcity of the produced has escalated the price when it is even made available for sale

Mahmood said the commission will meet the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited to look into ways to improve the situation. He spoke while meeting with leaders of the various transport unions in Nigeria on January 31.

The INEC Chairman is quoted: 

“The commission shares your concern about the fuel situation in the country and its impact on transportation on election day,”

“The truth is that our arrangement may be negatively affected by the non-availability of products”

“For this reason, the commission will this afternoon meet the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited to look into ways to ameliorate this situation.”

Recall that the Russia-Ukraine war had driven up the international price of crude oil. Nigeria, even though a major oil producing country has zero refining capacity and has to import all fuel used in the country.

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