A leadership tussle within the ranks of petroleum marketers’ union in Enugu had plunged Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi into sudden fuel shortage on Tuesday, February 12th.

To ameliorate the hardship brought by the fuel scarcity, the government has intervened, and the petrol marketers have now suspended the strike today, Wednesday, February 13th.

Chief Ikechukwu Nwankwo, the Chairman of the association, announced the suspension of the action in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, in Awka, the Anambra State capital.

It was alleged that some members of the association in Enugu attempted to illegally sack the Nwankwo-led executive and take over.

Nwankwo said that the decision to re-open their outlets followed a directive from IPMAN national leadership, which authorised them to shutdown operation on Tuesday.

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He said that the directive was contained in a circular issued by the national leadership after the intervention of Enugu state government.

“As a result of the intervention of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, we directed all marketers to go back to their services in the best interest of our country,” he said.

Nwankwo described the strike as a union affair and dismissed the allegation that it was an attempt to disrupt the general elections in the area.

According to NAN reports, while some service stations in Awka and environs had no products, others were seen dispensing to customers.

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