The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) denies allegations that the current fuel scarcity is a deliberate attempt to interfere with the upcoming general elections. The CEO of NNPC, Mele Kyari, made this statement during an appearance on the NTA Good morning Nigeria program on Thursday.
The claims of election sabotage were made by presidential candidate Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress during a rally in Abeokuta last week.
Mr Tinubu said the scarcity of fuel being experienced across the country and the redesign of the naira, the Nigerian currency, were part of the plot to sabotage the election.
“This is a revolution. This election is a revolution. We shall take over from them. They don’t want an election to take place, but we won’t accept it. They want to hide under fuel scarcity to cause the crisis so that there won’t be an election,” Mr Tinubu had said.
But speaking on Thursday, Mr Kyari said there is a very cumbersome logistics that has disrupted the supply chain of petroleum products.
“Today, based on the records on our system, there are over 38,000 trucks on our roads just carrying petroleum products and this is the reality,” he said.