The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Enugu Depot Community, has announced that its outlets in Anambra would shut down operations on Thursday due to the state’s November 6 gubernatorial election.
The Chairman of IPMAN in the zone, Mr. Chinedu Anyaso, disclosed this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Wednesday.
According to him, the decision to close outlets was in line with the directive of the Anambra State Government that Thursday and Friday should be work-free days to enable workers to go to their voting locations.
While advising motorists and those on election duty in Anambra to buy sufficient petrol on Thursday, Anyaso noted that the Police have also ordered total lockdown on that same day and that marketers would have to abide.
The chairman urged marketers to allow their staff and pump attendants who were eligible voters to travel and exercise their civic duty.
He assured that there was enough supply in Anambra and that those who required products should go to any outlet and purchase to avoid being stranded on Friday.
“We are law-abiding citizens, the state government and security agencies have announced various measures to enable people to participate in the election including work-free days and statewide lockdown.
“By Thursday, filling stations will shut down in compliance with these directives, so we want to advise that those who will be on election duty should make efforts to buy fuel on Thursday.
“Our workers, most of whom are registered voters in Anambra, will also have to travel to the places where they will cast their votes,” he said. (NAN)
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had released the full list of 18 candidates that would participate in the Anambra Governorship election.