Barring unforeseen circumstances, Nigerian basketball stakeholders will meet in Abuja this week to elect new leaders for the Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF).
Outgoing president of the federation, Musa Kida’s position is contested by a faction of the federation loyal to the former president of the NBBF, Tijjani Umar.
The NBBF election is the most controversial in sports federation polls, with Umar’s supporter seeking to oust Kida and his men.
This weekend, Umar’s faithful celebrated as if they had won the FIBA World Cup when two of their men, Scott Nnaji and Stanley Gumut won the elections for the new board of directors of the NBBF.
In the elections held at Package B at Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja, Gumut, a former captain of Mark Mentors of Abuja, won 25 votes to beat Yakubu Usman of Adamawa State and become the basketball player’s representative on the Council of Abuja. administration of the NBBF.
Lagos Customs coach Nnaji also defeated Port Harcourt Royal Hoopers coach Ogoh Odaudu by 19 to 18 to become the technical officials representative on the board.
At the weekend, the NBBF announced that the extraordinary congress, earlier scheduled for October 2, has been postponed by one week.
He said the date change was a consequence of a meeting involving certain basketball stakeholders, the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC) and the Sports Ministry, which led to innuendo about the authenticity of the constitution. of the NBBF.
According to Kida, who is the chairman of the NBBF goalkeeper committee, “The change is to allow all of our stakeholders to plan their trips after days of uncertainty as the federation aims for 100 percent participation.
“The location of the extraordinary congress to call the election remains the same.
“The meeting we had with the NOC and the Ministry was informative and timely, which further strengthened our position on the constitution of the NBBF. “
Kida noted that every modern society continues to evolve with the necessary changes made where and when needed, with basketball not being an exception.
“The same goes for the constitution and day-to-day governance of Nigerian basketball. But, to make these changes, the established process must be followed. “