By Jonathan Ugbal
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association in Cross River State has suspended it’s week long strike leading to a scramble for petroleum products in the capital city of Calabar which had witnessed reduced vehicular movement.
The scarcity was caused by a leadership tussle between factional chairmen, Lawrence Agim and Edet Umana after Mr. Agim’s faction had allegedly gone round to shut down operations of marketers armed with a Federal High Court Calabar judgment delivered by Justice Simon Amobeda on June 19, 2019.
In the suit by Ben Dimkpa and four others representing IPMAN eastern zone against trustees of IPMAN led by Aminu Abdulkadir, Justice Amobeda had ordered that the Deputy Chief Registrar, Litigation of the Federal High Court Abuja execute the judgment delivered on February 21, 2019 by removing any person presently occupying the defendants national secretariat.
And, CrossRiverWatch gathered that following the intervention of the Cross River State government, the duo and other unions reached a truce.
This was confirmed by the former Senior Special Adviser on public affairs to Governor Ben Ayade, Chief Tony Undiaundeye who took to Facebook to describe his role in the process.
“Loading of petroleum products from Calabar depots and opening of filling stations operations commences today 25th of June. This understanding was reached yesterday night with all aggrieved parties to the impasse,” Mr. Undiaundeye wrote on Tuesday morning.
He commended the unions for their cooperation as well as, “the resilience and understanding of the commuting public throughout the period of disruption in supply of petroleum products. Government regrets the hardship that accompanied this unfortunate action by IPMAN.”