By Anthony Okafor
The Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, said that the Supreme Court judgement which declared Chinedu Okoronkwo as the National President, will address issues of misconduct and mismanagement currently plaguing the Association.
In a statement made available to Newsbeats, IPMAN National Secretary Danladi Pasali stated that the interest of all members of the association will be a top priority of the president. “The judgment will enable us maintain the serenity we normally enjoy in the distribution and dispensing of petroleum products to Nigerians in all nooks and crannies of the country.
“Now that Okoronkwo is on the IPMAN association’s driver seat, members will get their allocation accordingly. The NEC has reached an agreement with oil marketers for better synergy in meeting product availability in the country since DAPPMA has better strength in storage. IPMAN, which controlled 80 per cent outlets, has the better trend in distribution and dispensing in both urban and hinterland in the country,’’ Pasali said.
Speaking on the development, Okoronkwo stated that the Supreme Court ruling of December 14, 2018, is a reaffirmation of the Judiciary’s role of settling dispute without going to war or shedding innocent blood carelessly.
He said, “It is not news that IPMAN was embroiled with leadership legal tussle since January 20th, 2014 which has ended with Supreme Court Judgement affirming Elder Chinedu Okoronkwo as National President of IPMAN.
Let me make it abundantly clear that the Supreme Court ruling has brought to an end all IPMAN legal matters. IPMAN, as a family has become stronger with a direction and solid foundation. The founding board of trustees members of IPMAN as registered with Corporate Affairs Commission in 1983 constitution has all passed away and one day, we at the leadership of IPMAN today will also bequeath IPMAN to our children yet unborn.
“That is the more reason we should drop our personal interest for better IPMAN and a virile association that will challenge the future threats to our businesses. We have lost trillions of naira globally in our businesses while many of our members have lost their lives in the last five years because of lack of leadership in IPMAN to coordinate our business within the government circle.
“I promise to run a government where all IPMAN members nationwide will look at their shoulders and be proud of being a member of our great association,” he added