20 June 2014, Lagos – The Obasi Lawson-led faction of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has commended Justice Valentine Ashi of the Federal High Court sitting at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for what the association called the judiciary courage and incorruptibility.
Commenting on the recent ruling on the suit No: FCT/HC/CV/1479/2014, IPMAN noted that the presiding judge “exhibited the finest principles of natural justice, equity and good conscience by granting a stay on a contentious case before him, where recondite point of law and other extenuating circumstances have been brought before the court.”
In a statement signed by Lawson, IPMAN also stated that as an institution, it had always believed in the old saying that judiciary is the last hope of the common man.
The association also stated that having been vindicated by the ruling, it had no doubt whatsoever in its mind that this was step in the right direction.
IPMAN also commended the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, for what it described as her peace initiatives.
“It is instructive to note the contributions and peace initiatives of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, we are indeed very grateful,” said Lawson.
The association also appreciated the support of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) workers, Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) and other stakeholders.
“Our association uses this opportunity to express our profound gratitude to NLC, NUPENG, NARTO and various stakeholders for their continuous support and goodwill.
We also want to thank all our past leaders for their respective contributions towards peace in IPMAN,” Lawson added.
He charged all the members of the association to be law abiding and ensure uninterrupted supply of petroleum products nationwide and support the administration and transformation agenda of President, Goodluck Jonathan.
– This Day