By Emma Peters
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, on Sunday directed its members to reduce petroleum pump price from N145 to N140 to motivate voters and cushion effect of election postponement.
IPMAN National President, Chinedu Okoronkwo gave the order while addressing journalists on Sunday in Abuja.
Mr. Chinedu Okworonkwo said the directive takes effect from Wednesday, February 20.
The IPMAN National President said the decision followed the Saturday’s last-minute postponement of presidential and National Assembly elections by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC for a week.
He said millions of Nigerians traveled to different places across the country in order to cast their votes, but to their dismay, the elections were postponed.
He said that IPMAN was prompted to cut down N5 from the N145 official petroleum pump price in a bid to motivate Nigerians to return to vote again on February 23.
“We urged all our members across Nigeria to immediately reduce the price of petroleum pump price from N145 to N140.
Mr Okworonkwo also said IPMAN’s decision to reduce the petroleum pump price followed President Muhammadu Buhari’s concern over the election postponement.
He said “As Buhari apologised to Nigerians to show restraint and return to polling units on February 23, IPMAN therefore called on the citizens to exercise patience and come out en mass to cast their votes on the rescheduled date.’’