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Why I declined to sign League MOU, NPL’S Babalola

Acting Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL), Tunji Babalola yesterday shade light on his refusal to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) awarding the league title rights to Total Promotions Limited, saying there were procedural errors in the bid process.

Babalola spoke in his office yesterday and said his position has been vindicated by the annulment of the bid process by the Extra Ordinary Congress of NPL last week Wednesday in Abuja.

According to Babalola, “I was invited to Lagos on December 28, 2010 by the Acting Chairman of NPL, Alhaji Shehu Gusau to sign an MOU between NPL and MTN but on getting to the office of the Lawyer, the document I was asked to sign was between NPL and Total Promotions and this is contrary to the MTN that was announced as the winner of the bid. I therefore declined to sign the document”.

Babalola said he became more suspicious of the proceedings at the office of Barrister Emmanuel Oboh because there was no MTN official present at the meeting.

“They tried to convince me to sign the document but I resisted and asked why no MTN official was there to sign since they were announced as winner of the title rights”, the NPL Acting Scribe explained.

He said the fact that the MOU was drafted for NPL and Total Promotions clearly validates the complaints of lack of due process which is in line with the decision of the Congress. Babalola therefore urged all corporate organizations that still are interested in the League to prepare for the fresh process as the past events have drawn the attention of all football stakeholders to the Bid.


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