Marketers accuse IPMAN of creating artificial kerosene scarcity in S/West

The internal crisis rocking the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Mosinmi, Sagamu in Ogun State took a new dimension on Tuesday as a cross-section of petroleum marketers accused the immediate past leaders of creating scarcity in the supply of kerosene to the South west region of the country.

The marketers opined that the lack of sincerity and transparency led to the new election of leaders, which was conducted on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Among those who spoke with newsmen at the triennial delegate conference of the association, included the Zonal Acting Secretary, Prince Wole Akinyooye, Mrs Janet Gbadebo, Chief Uchechukwu and Alhaji Lawal Luwad. They said as leader in the association, they could not wait any longer to see masses suffer in the hands of few cabal at Mosinmi Depot in Sagamu of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

“We can say it without mincing words that the immediate past leadership contributed in no small measure to the scarcity of kerosene in South west,” Akinyooye said.

Gbadebo noted that contrary to what the public is made to believe, “the cabal at Mosinmi depot had failed to distribute kerosene evenly to members. In fact, they resorted to using our names to get supply from the Federal Government, yet, they hoard it for themselves and begin to sell at N120 after buying from government at N40 per litre,” she revealed.

The new Chairman of the association, Arch. Adeleke Bada assured that his leadership would be transparent and accountable to the members.

“My leadership will be accountable and transparent in discharging our affairs and particularly ensured that all members get their due in supply of petroleum products for the region.

“We have gone through hell in the hands of immediate past leadership, but we thank God, as you can see the turnout today, that people really need change and we shall not disappoint,” Bada said.

Among those who witnessed the election was the IPMAN National Treasurer, Barr. Dibu Aderibigbe, Mr. Deji Lotto and Dr. Adewoyin, the Zonal Vice Chairman. Mosinmi depot covers Ibadan, Akure, Ilorin, Ore (Benin), and Apapa in Lagos.

The 12 man executives elected on Tuesday were Alhaji Fatai Soewu, Vice-Chairman; Otunba Niyi Oshiyemi, Secretary; Prince Kehinde Gbadebo, Asst. Secretary; Alhaji Lookman Akinlade, Treasurer and Alhaji Bola Sanusi, Financial Secretary.

Others are Atu Okechukwu, Auditor; Alhaji Lookman Onabanjo, Legal Adviser; Paul Akintan, Organizing Secretary; Fatai Adekunbi, Public Relations Officer; Bola Omolaja, Welfare Officer 1; Yinka Otufowora, Welfare Officer II and Alhaji Tajudeen Anikulapo, Chief Whip.

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