From RAMSAY UGELE, Abuja
As the congress of Nigeria
Premier League gets set to meet today in what observers have now termed a teleguided affair, the nation’s football governing body, the NFF has debunked claims to the contrary.
It’s spokesman Chief Emeka Inyama says everything is being done in the nterest of all parties involved.
The congress of the NPL made up of club owners and managers, only last week sacked the chief Victor Rumson Baribote led board in an emergency session held in Abuja alleging that the Bayelsa born football chieftain had breached some salient aspects of the rues governing the league, chief amongst which is the misappropriation of funds.
And in the place of the sacked board a six man interim management committee led by Chief Mike Idoko was instituted to run the affairs of the league body pending when elections would be held.
A development the NFF frowned at saying it ran contrary to the statutes governing the league.
Rising from an emergency meeting in Abuja last friday, the executive committee of the NFF in its resolution ordered that the congress now hold on or before the 11th of December in Abuja, while setting aside the decision that removed the leadership of Baribote claiming that the act is capable of bringing the game into disrepute in the eyes of the world.
However speaking to newsmen on the development, the spokesman of the board, Chief Inyama said: “This is not about supporting any individual or persons, but it is about doing things right , we want things to be done in a tidy way and the statutes has to be our guide.”
He said the current stance of the Glasshouse is contigent on the need to get things done properly before on the 13th of December when the NFF will be holding its Annual General Congress in Port/Harcourt.
The NFF has therefore, asked three members of the executive commitee to be part of the Abuja congress as observers.
They are Honourable Yahaya Kwande, Hon. Shehu Adamu and Chief Emeka Inyama.
This however, has elicited suspicion from some stakeholders who still believe, the NFF on its part is still not doing the right thing in keeping with the statutes, since holding a congress and choosing a venue has been taken from the purview of the NPL. Today’s congress, in the words of Chief Inyama is simply to address all perceived problems.
But one of the club chairmen from the north said on condition of anonymity: “we are waiting and watching. The NPL board had earlier chosen Kano as the host city of the aborted congress.”
From RAMSAY UGELE, Abuja