…As club reps insist on congress
By ROMANUS UGWU, Abuja
The last may not have been heard on the lingering crisis that is rocking the Nigeria Premier League (NPL), as the board rose from an emergency meeting at the headquarters of the league body yesterday, directing the board Chairman, Chief Rumson Victor Baribote, to step aside pending the determination of the cases in three weeks time.
Adressing the media after the meeting, Chairman Media Committee, Joe Amene, said that the proposed congress earlier scheduled to hold today, has been suspended, adding that a three-man committee would be set up to investigate the sundry allegations against the board chairman. “The NPL appreciates the quick intervention of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in insisting on compliance with the NPL’s statutes regarding the ongoing crisis in the body.
The NPL board shall convene its congress in line with the status, and has already forwarded to the NFF the proposed materials for the congress, including the NPL’s technical report for the 2011/12 league season. “The board has constituted a three-man committee to investigate the causes of the crisis between the NPL board and the Premier League clubs.
The committee will be headed by Barr Leye Adepoju, NFF’s executive board member, Ade Ojeikere, a representative of the clubs, while Kasali Obanoyen will serve as secretary of the committee. The committee has three weeks to submit its report.
“Consequently, the board of the NPL has asked the chairman of the board, Chief Victor Baribote, to step aside until the committee finishes its assignment. Meanwhile, the Vice Chairman, Alhaji Shehu Garba Gusau, will assume duty as acting chairman pending the outcome of the investigation by the committee.” However, in a swift reaction, the club representatives have rejected the resolutions of the league board, insistig that the congress would go on today as scheduled at Prix Air Hotel, Wuse Zone 7 in Abuja. Alloy Chukwuemeka said that since they were already in Abuja for the congress, it would go on as planned.