The Nigerian Basketball Federation has postponed its election, originally scheduled for Saturday.
This was in a statement released at the end of the extraordinary congress of the federation held via Zoom on Thursday.
The move comes after the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development suspended the elections due to the leadership crisis shaking the federation.
The ministry’s decision, however, was initially rejected by the NBBF, which insisted its constitution did not give the sports ministry the right to postpone its election.
However, Thursday’s NBBF decision saw them turn back from their initial position, postponing the election by “a few weeks”.
“That, as advised by the FMY & S (Ministry of Sports) that the elective congress be postponed to a later date, the congress unanimously agreed to postpone the elective congress for a few weeks.
“The Congress mandated the president of the NBBF (Musa Ahmadu-Kida) to engage the FMY & SD in a positive discussion with a view to free, fair, transparent and successful elections to inaugurate a new board of directors”, we read in the NBBF press release.
Meanwhile, the president of the Ondo State Basketball Association, Francis Gbiri, criticized the constitution of the NBBF.
“All we’re saying is that the NBBF constitution is egocentric, it gives some people an advantage. Someone is appointed, gets approval from one or two states, and automatically becomes a member. I think it’s an undue favor that everyone goes to their constituencies and get away with it, ”Gbiri told PUNCH.
Gbiri, a former general secretary of the NBBF, added: “I know that as early as 2017 the then president of the federation sent him to FIBA and they made their observations and sent him back, it’s the same constitution that we still have. The gray areas of the constitution are that you cannot give people an automatic ticket without going through the constituencies. If you think you are good, go to your base.
According to him, it was the complaints of basketball players that pushed Sports Minister Sunday Dare to move the ballot indefinitely.
“So the minister knows what he’s doing, he’s a learned man and he’s seen these flaws, that’s why he’s making amends,” he added.
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