By Ochai Monday

Engr. Sanusi Abdul Fari, National President, IPMAN

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN has debunked the existence of imposter in the organization saying its leadership is all-embracing, lawful and constitutional clarifying that the strange online publication by one Ashanekpe Israel, a.k.a. Akpodoro alleging to the contrary is a false alarm designed for mischievous intentions.

This is contained in a press statement IPMAN released yesterday and signed by the body’s National Legal Adviser Barr. Chief BU OWONYE pointing out that his office has ensured every activity of the organisation conforms to the constitution of IPMAN and that of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Though we would not like to join issues, with such vituperation, we wish to state unequivocally that there is no person known as Akpodoro in IPMAN records nation-wide and the only lawfully recognized President of IPMAN in line with Supreme Court judgment is Engr. Sanusi Abdul Fari.” The Legal adviser stated querying who the imposter is if not thes person claiming who he is not.

“It is incontrovertible in our 1997 constitution of the association that when the tenure of a serving President of IPMAN expires, the deputy national president assumes office by “automatic succession” as enshrined in article iv of the 1997 constitution. The supreme court in its land mark judgement stated clearly that the “only constructive instrument to determine the tenure of IPMAN president is the 1997 constitution “ Barr Owonye added

The statement further revealed that the Supreme Court judgement which the so called Ashanekpe Israel, a.k.a. Akpodoro (DE MILITANT) referred to in his press statement is very clear on the matter. Therefore it is necessary to advice Akpodoro and his cohorts to refer to law books, dictionaries and encyclopaedias to re-educate themselves on the real meaning of imposter in order to identify one when seen. Above all Akpodoro has no business speaking for IPMAN because he is neither a member nor its contracted spokesperson. Going by the introduction in the strange publication in question, Akpodoro is merely hired by one Chinedu Okoronkwo who lacks legitimacy to lay claim to IPMAN President and is therefore qualified to be referred as ‘imposter’

Further in the statement, the legal adviser said, “We urge the general public not to take Akpodoro comment serious in matters concerning IPMAN. We also appeal to the security agencies to investigate such person to ensure that he does not hide under such false identity to vandalize pipelines, steal products and sabotage Nigerian economy”.

The statement also called on all IPMAN members at the zones and national level especially the Midwest region in particular where Akpodoro is making the empty threat, to remain calm and not be perturbed by his utterances as a barking dog does not bite. “It is worthy of note that the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the chief law officer of the nation has long laid the matter to rest through a letter he addressed to Engr. Sanusi Abdul Fari and duly copied chinedu Okoronkwo” the statement concluded.

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