By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The Oyo State House of Assembly has been directed to stay action on the lingering crisis between the leadership of the state’s Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), in view of the pending court case.
This was the resolve of members of the state’s House of Assembly during the plenary on Tuesday, in a committee report presented by chairman of the Ad-Hoc Committee set up by the Assembly to broker peace between the factions of the union.
While presenting the report, the Chairman of the Ad-Hoc committee, Hon. Kehinde Subair (Majority Leader), representing Ibadan South-west Constituency, observed that elections into the executive committees of the two factions were conducted on different days and at different locations, adding that the conflict between the two factions had been brought to the attention of the executive and consequent upon that, a committee headed by the former Commissioner for Special Duties in the state was constituted to effect amicable settlement between the factions all of which proved abortive.
According to him, other efforts were made by the former police boss in the state, which also proved abortive, which led to the Ad-Hoc Committee being set up by the Assembly to sought legal advice on the matter.
However, the House then directed the IPMAN members in the state to desist from utterances and actions that could result into further crisis and to maintain peace in the interest of the state, before the committee report was adopted by the House.
In an interview with journalists after the plenary, Hon. Subair expressed dissatisfaction with the two factions for not giving room for amicable resolution of the lingering crisis, adding that the judicial arm of government would adequately do justice on the matter as the only last resort.
He opined that the recent fuel scarcity recently witnessed in the state could not be unconnected with the crisis within the association.
Other highlights of the plenary include the announcement of the first reading of the “Oyo State Kidnapping Bill 2015,” which was co-sponsored by the Speaker of the House, Hon. Micheal Adeyemo and the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Oyatokun.
The House also slated for Second Reading bills on “Oyo State Community Service Punishment Bill 2015 and Oyo State Meat and Abattoir Regulation Authority Bill 2015 at the next sitting of the House.
However, the House has adjourned its sitting till Thursday this week.