The Supreme Court judgment validated Elder Chinedu Okoronkwo as the substantive National president of The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), ending the five years of bickering and four years of legal tussle, which adversely affected the unity needed by the association to tackle hitches in supply of the product nationwide.
The new development, National Secretary of the fuel marketers-group, Alhaji Danladi Passali stated, would address the issues of misconduct and mismanagement, which they say, was currently rocking the association. In the legal battle that dragged for five years, Okoronkwo, it would be recalled, won at the High Court, Appeal Court and Supreme Court judgment against Mr. Lawson Obasi over the leadership tussle.
In a unanimous judgment delivered on December 14, 2018, the Apex Court struck out the appeal by Obasi in the suit. The Court also slammed a fine of N2million against Obasi. According to Passali, the interest of all members of the association would be a top priority of the president.
The scribe said that the judgment was a welcome development to IPMAN members, and the oil and gas industry nationwide. “The judgment will enable us maintain the serenity we normally enjoyed in the distribution and dispensing of petroleum products to Nigerians in all nooks and crannies of the country.
Source: New Telegraph