*As Kida, Umar fail to reach compromise
*To ask FIBA for extension
BY JUDE OPARA, ABUJA
The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) says it will write the Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA) for another one week grace to try to resolve the crisis that has been rocking the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) after the disputed elections that took place last June.
The world Basketball governing body had last July given the NOC and the NBBF till November 30 to resolve the crisis which began after the parallel elections in Abuja and Kano which produced Musa Kida and Tijjani Umar as contending presidents.
Addressing the media after a peace meeting aimed at reconciling the feuding parties, spokesman of the NOC, Tony Ubani said they had tried to get an amicable resolution in line with the directive of FIBA but regretted that both parties stuck to their guns.
He nevertheless assured that the NOC will not relent hence the decision to write FIBA again for a one week grace aimed at exploring more avenues both internally and internationally to ensure that the leadership crisis will be resolved for the growth of basketball in the country.
“We tried to get an amicable resolution to the crisis but unfortunately, both parties refused to shift grounds. The NOC gave each of them time to present their position, we also gave them time to go and talk to each other but at the end, nothing changed.
“FIBA had said we must resolve the issue through election or preferably through an amicable resolution, so we may request for one more week to see how to amicably resolve the issue. We cannot allow our basketball to suffer because of few individuals. The NOC will write FIBA to see if they can extend the November 30 deadline.”
Ubani also revealed that while Kida who was elected at the election which took place in Abuja insists on holding on to his mandate, the immediate past president Umar who was elected in another election in Kano says a fresh election is the only way out.