09 January 2018, Sweetcrude, Lagos – The National Secretary of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, Alhaji Danladi Pasali, says the recent Appeal Court judgment, declaring Dr. Chinedu Okoronkwo as the authentic president of the association, will address all issues of misconduct and mismanagement plaguing the association and portraying it in bad light.
The declaration by the Appeal Court sitting in Abuja brings an end to years-long bitter fight over the leadership of the organisation.
In the said judgment, Justice Valentine Ashi restrained Chief Obasi Lawson from parading himself as president of the association.
A statement by Pasali said the judgment remained a welcome development for fuel marketers, adding that the Court of Appeal judgment, in re-affirming an earlier judgment by an Abuja High Court in suit No. FCT/HC/CV/1479/2016 delivered on 28th of May, 2014, equally upheld the election of IPMAN National Executive Council, NEC, held on 10th May, 2014.
He said the recognition of Okoronkwo as the substantive national president of IPMAN via the Appeal Court judgment has been communicated to all relevant government agencies.
The IPMAN scribe assured all members of the body that with Okoronkwo at the helm of affairs, adequate product allocation from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, would be a top priority in order to ensure that products are available in every part of the country.