From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos
The Western Zone of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) yesterday appealed to warring parties in the association to be law abiding in the interest of national development.
Chairman, Western Zone of IPMAN Olumide Ogunmade, who read the resolution its zonal meeting to newsmen, said that the oil marketers in the region passed a vote of confidence on the Alhaji Aminu
Abdulkadri-led national executive.
Ogunmade,warned that the crisis, fuelled by some factions, could trigger fresh fuel scarcity if other zones of the association failed to play their roles.
Ogunmade described the current crisis as a needless adventure, stressing that the zones would prefer to support a president that emerged through the electoral process.
“IPMAN Western zone would continue to support the national executives led by Abdulkadri to organise free and fair election on or before the expiration of its tenure in May.
“The legitimacy of the National President of IPMAN would be better enhanced when the voice and votes of members count on whosoever becomes the next president,’’ Ogunmade said.
He said that the leadership of zone played a vital role in brokering peace in the crisis that rocked the national executives in 2011. He said that IPMAN was later able to speak with one voice and articulate its position properly which led to the reconciliation of all parties in 2011.
Ogunmade said that IPMAN members’ interest and welfare would be best protected under one united and indivisible association.
He said that the current crisis might result in acute fuel shortage in the South-West region in particular and the nation at large.
Ogunmade called on marketers in the Western zone to make products available in all the nooks and crannies of the zone, while waiting for the resolution of all parties.