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NPL demands NFA’s clarifications on fresh election order

Abuja – The Nigeria Premier League (NPL) Board has asked the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) for more clarifications on its demand for fresh election into its chairmanship position before March 21.

The board, after its meeting in Abuja on Monday, said it was demanding for the clarifications in order not to embark on any activity that would lead to more court actions.

Board spokesman Akin Akinbobola told newsmen that the meeting felt there was a need for the clarifications because of some grey areas it had observed in the NFA order.

The NFA, in giving the order, had relied on the decision of its December, 2010 annual general assembly in Uyo and called for fresh elections.

The assembly had upheld the outcome of the Akin Ibidapo-Obe arbitration panel which had looked into protests and appeals that  trailed the May 8, 2010 NPL elections.

Results of the elections into the board chairmanship and club chairmen positions had been contested by both Victor Baribote and Abdulazeez Mohammed, respectively.

“We don’t want to go into any activity that will lead to further litigations. As it is, we have two grey areas in the NFA order we have before us, and we therefore, need technical clarifications on them.

“One, we want to know the legal clearance we have to go on with the election when the matter is already in court, and we have been served the court papers.

“Two, we want to know the specifics of the order. The letter we have from the NFA did not mention a March 21 deadline, yet we hear reports of being given up till March 21,’’ Akinbobola said.

He disclosed that the NPL board was sure that the NFA could supply the clarifications before sunset on March 15, and would be putting its members on standby for an emergency meeting immediately after.

“This can be done tomorrow (Tuesday) and even by 2 p.m. and we have therefore, decided that if there is the need to stay back in Abuja tomorrow for another meeting on this, we are ready.

“We want to handle the matter quickly, and we are ready to go straight to the elections immediately we have the clarifications.

“We don’t want anything to continue to delay this matter,’’ the NPL board spokesman said.(NAN)


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