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Football | Nigeria Features

NPL congress is illegal - Baribote



Victor Rumson Baribote has exclusively told supersport.com that he is not satisfied with the decision held at the seventh annual congress of the NPL in Abuja on Tuesday in which his board was kicked out.

At the congress, 19 club representatives agreed and dissolved the Premier League board chaired by Baribote and therefore mandated the acting executive secretary, Tunji Babalola to take over the affairs until further directives from the NFF.

Baribote disclosed that the congress held on Tuesday was illegal claiming that it violated Article 17c of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) status.

“As far as I'm concerned, the congress held was illegal going by what the rules of the NPL says. It is only the chairman that has the power to preside over the congress and I'm wondering who was given the power to do my job.

“The NPL board met and I have agreed to step down for three weeks in which the three-man committee set up would investigate the crisis on ground. The congress has no meaning to me because I am the only one who has the right to preside the congress and not the executive secretary,” he said.

When asked whether litigation would be his next action, Baribote said: “No, I have not decided on what to do now than to lie low. But honestly, they are wrong with what they did at their congress and I'm not happy.”

The scenario now looks certain to be ended at the annual general congress of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Thursday in Port Harcourt.

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