Southwest Stakeholders Forum of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has called on all warring parties in its ongoing leadership crisis to sheath their swords and follow constitutional laid down procedure in resolving it.
At a media briefing in Akure, Ondo state capital, convener IPMAN Southwest Stakeholders, Olatunji Adewoyin said the leadership crisis between its elected President and National Secretary, Chinedu Okoronkwo and Alhaji Danladi Pasali has not benefited any member.”
Adewoyin while lamenting that business minded members are tired of the crisis, said it’s time to end incessant security agencies harassment of petroleum marketers and face business.
He noted that IPMAN at the moment should ensure a good working relationship with federal government with a view to ensuring that pipelines were not vandalised and that marketers enjoyed supply from all depots including the PDOs of which Capital Oil & Gas and others have remained key players.
Adewoyin added that petroleum depots across the country are performing below capacity as a result of leadership crisis in the association; hence, no good working relationship between the NNPC management and IPMAN executive, especially at units level.
Adewoyin said the only sustainable solution is to follow the constitutional election which held in 2014 as no president or national executives can emerge without an election. The constitution as practiced since 2011, which therefore culminated into what we have now is very clear on it: the legitimacy of an election.
He added that interests of members are hardly protected and members’ businesses are suffering because of lack of trust of leadership at the centre.
Adewoyin, said the only sustainable solution is to follow the constitutional election which held in 2014 as no president or national executives can emerge without an election.
“The association’s constitution is clear on it. The association functions on the principle of legitimacy.
”This crisis could have been a thing of the past if its cause came from within. Instead, it has persisted because those who are fanning its embers are purely outsiders who know little or nothing about the constitution guiding IPMAN and her members,” Adewoyin said.