NBBF elections suspended indefinitely by Sports Ministry

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development  have  suspended the eagerly awaited  elections into  the board of the  Nigeria Basketball Federation  (NBBF)  tentatively fixed for  Benin on October 30.  

The NBBF in its official media release earlier yesterday said  all arrangements for a hitch-free elections  were underway , adding the voting will be done in line with the provisions of the 2019 NBBF statute as communicated in a signed  communiqué by the Electoral Committee Chairman, Lanre Glover and its Secretary, Emma Okibe.

“It has been brought to the attention of the Electoral Committee that some people are not clear on who can vote and how many votes are available,” the statement said inter alia. “The NBBF Statute is clear on this. For the President and Vice President, there are 50 votes to be cast. 36 States Associations and the Federal Capital Territory have a vote each”.

But  a letter  purportedly  authored by the Sports Ministry’s permanent secretary Ismaila Abubakar surfaced  later  in the evening  with firm  directive  that the  Benin election is suspended.  

“ Having reviewed  the crisis  around the Nigeria Basketball Federation(NBBF)  and in consideration of the several attempts by the supervising ministry to resolve  the lingering crisis and fractionalisation in the Basketball family, the federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development (FMYSD) hereby directs  an indefinite suspension  of the NBBF Elective Congress  scheduled for  30 October in  Benin City.  All concerned stakeholders are to take note and comply.”

The FMYMD  said it took the decision in order to prevent ‘ further deterioration of the leadership crisis’ befuddling the NBBF  even  as it ratifies  earlier elections  into the NBBF  Board  from its affiliated constituents including zones, NAWIS, Military /Para Military , NAPHER , SD amongst others.

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