Nigerian Basketball Federation elections suspended indefinitely

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The Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF) The election originally scheduled for October 30 in Benin City, Edo state, has been indefinitely suspended.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports announced on Monday the indefinite suspension of the NBBF elections that have been talked about so much.

A statement signed by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Ismaila Abubakar, noted that the decision to suspend the elective congress had become necessary to avoid a further deterioration of the leadership crisis that engulfed the federation.

The past few weeks have seen numerous fireworks between opposing camps, including a demonstration in Abuja.

Musa Kida and Tijani Umar are considered by many to be the two prominent figures vying for control of Nigerian basketball.

The NBBF is one of two sports federations to have yet to hold their elections weeks after the boards of other sports federations were sworn in by Sports Minister Sunday Dare in Abuja.

The ministry’s press release read: “After examining the crisis around the Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF) and considering the line ministry’s several attempts to resolve the lingering crisis and the split in the basketball family- ball, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development (FMYSD) hereby orders an indefinite suspension of the Elective Congress of the NBBF scheduled for October 30, 2021 in Benin City. All relevant stakeholders should take note and comply with it.

“This decision is necessary to avoid a further aggravation of the leadership crisis and to find a viable solution to the current disagreements within the Federation. The grudge-free development of basketball in Nigeria is of the utmost importance.

“The recent elections to the board of directors of the NBBF from the various constituencies (i.e. Zones, NAWIS, military / paramilitary, NAPHER.SD, etc) present themselves and those who are elected remain elected members ”, he concluded.

Prior to the ministry’s announcement, the chairman of the electoral commission for the election of the NBBF, Lanre Glover, and his secretary, Emma Okibe, issued a separate statement in which they clarified that the vote would take place in accordance with the provisions of the statutes. 2019 from the NBBF. .

This announcement, they said, was important in putting an end to innuendo about the composition and eligibility status of voters.

“It has come to the attention of the Election Commission that some people are not clear on who can vote and how many votes are available.”

“The statutes of the NBBF are clear on this subject. For the president and the vice-president, there are 50 votes to be cast. 36 Association States and the Federal Capital Territory each have one vote.

“The elected representatives of the 6 geopolitical zones each have a vote alongside the technical representative, the Players’ Union, NAWIS, military / paramilitary, continental / international representative, corporate sponsor and NAPHERSD with a vote each.

It was announced that the area Elections will precede the elections of the president and vice-president to determine the representatives who will join the pool of 44 in accordance with the statutes of the NBBF.

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