*Appoints HRM Oba Obafemi Ogbaro as Western Zone Chairman
Lagos — The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, has inaugurated the caretaker executives that will oversee the affairs of the association in the western zone for the time being pending when the next election will be conducted.
This was contained in a communique issued after the National Executive Committee, NEC meeting held in Abuja.
The communique was signed by the National President, Elder Chinedu Okoronkwo and National Secretary, Alhaji Danladi Pasali.
The National Secretary, IPMAN, Alhaji Danladi Pasali stated that the inauguration became necessary after an exhaustive review of the erstwhile IPMAN Western zone executive activities which has compromised the amended 2019 IPMAN constitution.
Pasali said that the need to inaugurate new caretaker executives for the zone becomes necessary due to the need to give a purposeful leadership in the western zone.
“The national body deemed it necessary to reconstitute the IPMAN Western zone in the account of the above. The IPMAN Western zone executive council is hereby reconstituted with the following members pending when an election will be held.
“It would be recalled that the Supreme Court has once again brought the IPMAN legal tussle to an end on 26th March 2019 when the Supreme Court struck out Obasi’s request for interpretation and varying of Supreme Court Judgement of 14th December 2018
“You may recall that IPMAN has now become united after the reconciliation by all factions. We now speak with one voice. There is no division in IPMAN. Members come all over the depots across the country to show unity. It is a new dawn in IPMAN, no more factions.
“No division on how products will be allocated. Nigerians will be better for it. IPMAN can now import products to augment NNPC importation.
The division in the past has affected product allocation and distribution as well. You know how critical the Western zone is to products distribution. That’s why we are happy,” he said.
Pasali urged the newly inaugurated executive to cooperate with NNPC/PPMC official and other stakeholders in the zone in ensuring the free flow of Petroleum products to Nigerians.
“You are also to note that any members that sell petroleum products above the regulated price will not be tolerated.
“The interest of IPMAN members in your zone and in general is the top priority in your assignment,” Pasali.
The newly inaugurated caretaker Chairman of the Western Zone, HRM Obafemi Ogbaro assured all members that his executive members will ensure that all members are well attended to. He said no one will be left behind in moving the association forward and to ensure petroleum products allocation to all members.
The other members that were sworn in included prince Ajidagba Doyin, Vice Chairman, Alhaji Tunji Oloko, Zonal Secretary, Arch Bada Adeleke treasurer, and Mr. Ojelakin Gbade-Ojekunle as Financial Secretary as well as Alhaji Olarenwaju Olaniyan zonal Auditor.
The President, Elder Chinedu Okoronkwo applauded the association for ensuring that all stakeholders are brought together to ensure unity.
“Some of us were concerned due to divisions in IPMAN. People have taken advantage of the division in our association. You may find it difficult to negotiate the welfare of your members when divided.
” It is important to remain united and focus going forward. I urge other members to key into this unity all across the nation,” he said.
Okoronkwo argued that “anyone that tells you there is a faction is lying and the present government of IPMAN has come on board.” Please, give the new executives support so that they can succeed just as we succeeded. No one is perfect. No government is perfect but with its own challenges,” he said.