IPMAN crisis: NEC appoints caretaker committee for Calabar
The National Working Committee, (NEC) of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, (IPMAN) has appointed a 12-man caretaker committee for Calabar Depot, in Cross River.
It would be recalled that the Cross River State Government suspended the activities of the IPMAN in the state.
The suspension ND REPORTERS learnt took effect immediately pending the resolution of the leadership crisis in the association.
The group had in the last three years been entangled with leadership tussle which caused scarcity of petroleum product in the state.
The action of the National IPMAN seams to bring to an end the over three years leadership tussle within the association.
The caretaker committee, which is headed by Prince Robert Asue Obi, with Ubong Isong as Vice Chairman and Mr Victor Nnana as Secretary, has three years to run the affairs of the association.
In a letter made available to newsmen in Calabar, National Executive Committee, NEC, said it became imperative to intervene and solve the problem once and for all, since all the litigations have been settled by competent courts. The NEC said it decided to constitute the 12-man committee after due consultations with all relevant stakeholders.
The letter signed by Alh. Sanusi Fari National President, and Mr Chidi Nnubia, National Secretary, read in part:” The National Executive Committee, NEC, appointed a 12-man caretaker committee to run the affairs of the association for three years and then conduct elelction.
“Appointment of these officers is a follow-up to Supreme Court judgment delivered on December 14, 2108 in an Appeal No. SC/15/2018 between Chief Obasi Lawson against Elder Chinedu Okoronkwo and 10 others and subsequent interpretation of the said-judgment by Federal High Court, Calabar delivered on February 12, 2019 by Justice S. A Amobede in Suit No. FHC/CA/CS/3/2019 between IPMAN, Eastern Zone against Registered Trustees of IPMAN, which all ruled in favour of IPMAN.
“Again, it is in line with Article VIII (A) of the 1997 IPMAN Constitution which empowers NEC to appoint a Caretaker Committee following the expiration of the tenure of office of the Mr. Lawrence Agim-led Executive, which was elected in 2016.”
The NEC called on the new state executive to accommodate all interest groups and render selfless service to the esteemed customers.
Others members of the exco include Mrs Ettah, Asst Secretary, Mr Godwin Obiagwu (Treasurer), Mr Sunday Igbaji (Fin Sec), Mr Justine Ugbe (Publicity Secretary/P.R.O), Mr Nfonobong Edet Udofia (auditor) and Prince Obiora Eze (Legal Adviser), Mrs Imoh Victor Aka, Mr Chika Christian and Mr Lawrence Agim (immediate past chairman) as ex-officios.