FBNB elections; Board of referees, others cry scandal | The Guardian Nigeria News

Tunde Popoola, the chairman of the Nigerian Basketball Referees Council, on Saturday expressed disappointment with the way the Nigerian Basketball Federations (NBBF) plan to conduct the business of the upcoming elections.

Poopola told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the NBBF sent out plans to hold elections and claimed that all stakeholders were aware of the overhaul of the elections constitution.

He said that the NBBF’s claims were not correct and that there was the possibility for the current NBBF leadership to manipulate the constitution to favor them.

According to Popoola, if there was a constitution review that would guide the next election, it must go through the basketball board of referees and other stakeholders.

“Stakeholders, who recently met in Abuja, insisted that they were not aware of any constitution ratified by Congress and endorsed by both the NOC and the world sport governing body, FIBA.

“The constitution the ministry is talking about has neither been ratified by FIBA ​​nor approved by Congress as stipulated in FIBA’s statute,” Popoola said.

He added that until all stakeholders are involved in the process and the FBNB Congress approves it, they will not participate in any elections scheduled for the FBNB.

Popoola’s reactions followed a circular issued by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development announcing the election of sports federations into six federations, including the NBBF.

He said the circular affirmed that all aspects of the constitution had been ratified by their international sporting bodies and that the Nigerian Olympic Committee would proceed with his election on the basis of its constitution.

Popoola added that anything less than having a new constitution approved by Congress would not bode well for sport as the crisis could be rekindled ”.

Present at the meeting were Scott Nnaji, President of the Basketball Coaches Association, Tunde Popoola, President of the Basketball Referees Council.

Also in attendance were Lawal Garba, former national team player and sports director of Bauchi State, a representative of the Gombe Bulls Basketball Club, Alhaji Ibrahim Gimba, Ayinla Johnson, former national team coach and player, Stanley Gumut, player representative, Tijjani Umar, Ambassador Mustapha Sulaiman, Dr. Livinus Miapkwap, president of the Plateau State Basketball Association, Francis Gbiri and the president of the Basketball Association of Ondo State, Ms Margaret Porbeni.

Mr. Gbade Olatona, Mr. Ajibarede Bello, a technical commissioner, Mr. Ahmed Sani; The coach of the Kano Pillars Basketball Club and Mr. Kunle Raji, head of sports marketing, were also in attendance.