Oil marketers under the aegis of Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers’ Association, DAPPMA, on Tuesday dared Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to prove her allegation.
The marketers, who spoke in separate interview with Vanguard, were reacting to the allegation made by the former Minister of Finance that some oil marketers planned to confine her to wheelchair for fighting corruption under the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
Okonjo-Iweala made the claim in her new book entitled, ‘Fighting Corruption is Difficult.’
The Executive Secretary of DAPPMA, Femi Adewale, said “she (Okonjo-Iweala) is free to make any allegation deemed fit but she can help by naming the marketers.”
Also in his reaction to the claim, the National President of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, Chinedu Okoronkwo, said that the association was not mentioned in the statement.
He said, “Why will I react to such issue? We are not importing. For IPMAN, our major operation is buying from tank farms and NNPC depots.
“So you can know that she is not referring to us. She is referring to those who are coming to claim subsidy, not us.’’
On his part, Femi Olawore, Executive Secretary, Major Marketers Association of Nigeria, MOMAN, said: “How do I know the truth?
“I can only comment on our working relationship. I enjoyed working with her because she was very accessible.
“She worked against several forces in order to reduce the subsidy claims. We had reasons to quarrel but overall, she is a good Nigerian.”