Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Baribote Led Board Sacked By The Congress Of Nigeria Premier League
The Victor Baribote-led board of the Premier League has been dissolved today by the congress of The Nigeria Premier League in Abuja.
The ongoing crises at the Nigeria Premier League seem to be escalating in view of the outcome of today’s summit in Abuja.
Yesterday a new committee was inaugurated by the board of the NPL, the committee which was headed by a member of Nigeria Football Federation’s committee, Barrister Leye Adepoju, was quickly rejected by the Club owners of the NPL, and now they have dissolved the board of the Nigeria Premier League at their congress today.
According to the communiqué that was read after the Congress/Club owners meeting expresses total disappointment in the inability of the board to positively react to the series of allegations of managerial recklessness, executive rascality, high handedness, contempt for clubs, refusal to call for a congress, failure to secure a title sponsor for the league and gross incompetence leveled against it. Therefore the Congress dissolved the board according to Article 22(n) of the NPL’s statutes and mandated the Acting executive Secretary of the board, Tunji Babalola to take over the affairs of the League pending further directives from the Nigeria Football Federation.
The congress has now decided that the 2012/2013 League season will start on February 16th 2013 subject to approval by the NFF board.
The Congress reinstated the suspended members of the Premier League: Okey Kpaluku, Farouk Yarma and Akin Akinbobola.
The draws and pre-season activities of the 2012/2013 season will be held in Kano at a later date. This is a serious setback for Nigerian football because the ongoing crises will still remain as its been speculated that Baribote will go to court and this may likely lead to the suspension of all other football activities, jeopardizing the league's growth and further delaying the commencement of league matches.