Abuja – Amid the fuel shortage that gripped the nation’s capital last week, it emerged that leading politicians from political parties were sourcing fuel from most petrol stations in Abuja ahead of their primaries.
Many hotels in Abuja were also fully booked on Saturday, including smaller hotels on the outskirts. THISDAY’s checks showed that some presidential candidates paid for fuel at most gas stations.
A source told THISDAY that a prominent politician paid for fuel at eight gas stations for the benefit of his delegates.
“You see long queues everywhere because the politicians involved bought fuel at most gas stations,” the source said. “A popular politician has paid for petroleum products at eight gas stations while others are also competing to buy fuel at other stations to keep their delegates moving.”
The source also mentioned that the political parties have booked accommodation in various hotels in Abuja for the delegates.
“All hotels in Abuja are full. My boss sent me to secure a hotel which we were initially told was available but when I arrived we were told another group had preempted us “, revealed the source. “Even in Gwagwalada and other hotels on the outskirts it is the same. They are all fully booked.”
Another source said, “The same politicians who buy petroleum products as we were told even booked a hotel room two weeks ago.”
During political party primaries, most areas of Abuja are flooded with party delegates and their many supporters. Some delegates sleep inside party support vehicles and sometimes on the street.