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Ensure uninterrupted supply, IPMAN tells fuel marketers

The President, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Aminu Abdulkadir, on Tuesday in Abuja, urged members to ensure uninterrupted flow of petroleum products in the country.

Abdulkadir gave the charge during the association’s 27th biannual meeting in Abuja, where all the stakeholders passed a vote of confidence on his administration.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that queues have gradually resurfaced in some of the filling stations in Abuja.

Some marketers attributed this development to the leadership tussle in the association.

A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt presided over by Justice Lambo Akanbi, last week, set aside the appointment of Abubakar as national president of IPMAN.

The court said the appointment of Abdulkadir did not follow the laid down rules of the association.

The judge subsequently declared Chief Lawson Obasi as the substantive national president of IPMAN.

Abdulkadir had, however, appealed against the judgment and asked for a stay of execution pending the determination of the appeal.

The IPMAN president on Tuesday in Abuja said, “Despite all odds, we will ensure uninterrupted free flow of products across the nooks and crannies of the country.

“It is our responsibility to assure the public and the government of the constant lifting and supply of products.

“It is important to assure Nigerians that no individual or group of people would be allowed to disrupt the supply of products,” he said.

He said the association would follow due process in the election of its leadership in accordance with its constitution.

“We will follow all the legal process to ensure that IPMAN have a free and fair election without any interruption.

“Everybody will be given opportunity to contest for any post as stated in the constitution of the association.

“We have constitution; you cannot become president of IPMAN without going through election. court does not elect president for IPMAN

“The tenure of this administration has not expired let alone another election into the leadership of the body,” he said.

A former IPMAN President, Alhaji Habu Jajere, said the Central Working Committee, the highest body of the association and other stakeholders were solidly behind Abdulkadir’s administration.

Jajere said Abdulkadir’s tenure would expire in May and the association would conduct free and fair election at the end of the tenure.

He said the association was committed to ensuring free flow of products in the country.

“We won’t allow anyone to deter us from what we have been doing.

“The tenure of the present administration will expire in May and we are in support of the administration until the end of the tenure,” Jajere said.

Mr Tunde Adeniji, another former president, said although change was inevitable, the association would not tolerate any distraction in making changes in its leadership.

“When time comes for the election, we will do the right thing and ensure that due process is followed in the selection of our leaders,” Adeniji said.

Other stakeholders, who passed vote of confidence on Abdulkadir, were all zonal chairmen of the association.

The Chairman of the Eastern Zone chapter of the association, Chief Chukwudi Ezinwa, said the chapter dissociates itself from any move that is capable of throwing the association into crisis.

Zonal Chairman South-West, Mr Olumide Ogunmade, said the interest of an individual could not supersede that of majority, stressing that the zone remain committed to the administration of Abdulkadir.

Alhaji Aminu Adamu, Zonal Chairman of North-East and Alhaji Sidi Ali, Zonal Chairman of North-West said the tenure of Abdukadir had been a blessing to the zones.

They said the current problem in the nation was the issue of fuel scarcity which the members were ready to address by ensuring prompt delivery of products.

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