5 December 2012

Nigeria: Club Officials Plot Baribote Impeachment, As Protest Rages

As Nigeria Premier League (NPL) club officials converge in Abuja today to decide whether to agree on the choice of Kano as the venue for the NPL Annual General Meeting (AGM), there are palpable fears that incumbent chairman Rumson Baribote will be shown the exit door.

But the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has advised the apex football league governing body to dialogue with the aggrieved club officials to come up with a venue acceptable to all.

NFF Assistant Director (Media) Ademola Olajire said in a chat with Trustsports yesterday that the football house has advised the NPL to enter into dialogue with the protesting club officials on the choice for its seventh AGM.

According to him, the advise came after the NFF received seven petitions from club officials protesting the choice of Kano as the venue for the 2012 AGM, alleging that the decision was taken to favour a particular club.

"We (NFF) are aware of the planned congress of the NPL in Kano, and we are equally aware of a number of clubs protesting and expressing their reservations over the choice f Kano as the venue.

"On Wednesday, we received letters from the chairmen of some Nigeria Premier League clubs and we have conveyed these letters to the leadership of the NPL and urged them to dialogue on acceptable venue.

"One reason most of the clubs are protesting is that the venue is designed to favour a particular club", Olajire said.

Meanwhile, Trustsports gathered last night that club officials were in Abuja to get set for a meeting of the NPL clubs today chiefly called to impeach incumbent NPL Chairman Rumson Baribote from office.

Our source informed that club officials were not happy with the management style of Baribote and the failure of the current management to secure a sponsor for the league, which has gone for two years without a sponsor.

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