The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has warned against the planned inauguration of a parallel National Executive Committee (NEC) on Jan. 18 in Abuja.
Mr Tunji Adeniji, the Secretary, IPMAN Board of Trustees, gave the warning in a statement issued on Monday in Lagos, describing the proposed .parallel NEC as an illegal.
Adeniji said the warning was necessitated by reports of a plan to inaugurate new NEC members by some individuals.
He said the BoT led by Alhaji Abdulkadri Aminu has notified the security agencies of the situation, describing the move as a flagrant violation of the judgment delivered by the Supreme Court in Abuja on Dec. 14, 2018.
The BoT secretary said that the judgment read by Justice Musa Muhammad in suit No. SC15/2015 recognised Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo and Alhaji Danladi Pasali, as President and Secretary of IPMAN, respectively.
Adeniji said that the tenure of the executive would expire on Dec. 14, 2023, adding that IPMAN had already zoned the next president of the association to the North-West.
He said that any attempt to install another set of persons as NEC of IPMAN was null and void because the matter had been settled by the Supreme Court which was the final arbiter of justice in Nigeria.
Adeniji added that the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, and the Inspector General of Police, Mr Usman Baba, have already directed that the judgment must be complied with.
He called on the security agencies to apprehend those behind the move to forestall breakdown of law and order.
According to him, IPMAN as an association has only one registered Board of Trustee (BoT) and registered constitution with the Corporate Affairs Commission