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Football | Nigeria

Okara blasts NPL's Idoko



Vice-chairman and general manager of newly-promoted Nigeria Premier League (NPL) club, Nembe City FC, Meremu Okara has launched a scathing attack on the spokesman of the club owners association of the NPL, Mike Idoko.

Idoko had released a statement this week criticising erstwhile NPL chairman Baribote Victor Rumson, who had called on Nigeria’s sports minister, Bolaji Abdullahi to resign following the country’s failure to win a single medal at the 2012 Olympics in London.

Baribote had also fingered the minister as one of those behind his removal as NPL chairman.

"Baribote missed the point by saying the minister masterminded his removal. As managers of clubs we know what is good and best for us and we realised late that with the Baribote-led board, the Nigerian (premier) league is heading to the rocks. And for him to allege that the minister masterminded his removal is to say the least insulting to the honourable minister. "The NPL under Baribote was never elected in the first place as no election took place when the court sacked (Davidson) Owumi. The Club Owners gave him the mandate believing he will bring relief to the comatose league. Title sponsorship became a problem and the clubs were made to bear the brunt of the lack of sponsorship," the statement from the Idoko explained.

Okara has now declared that Idoko’s statement is "out of order" and is now asking him to resign his position at the Ondo State Football Agency.

“Idoko should resign as the Director of the Ondo State Football Agency and take up a position as a ministerial spokesperson in the crisis rocking the NPL board,” Okara told supersport.com.

Okara accused Idoko of lacking the locus standi to speak as a club owner since his appointment with the Ondo State government is that of director of football and not chairman of Sunshine Stars.

“Idoko is neither a club owner nor a director of Sunshine Stars so he cannot speak as a club administrator. The real club owners are questioning his position on the so-called interim management committee.

<.p> “Article 1.94 of the rules and regulations of NPL states that government functionaries should not be part of club management.

“As an insider we are aware of all that transpired in Abuja during the purported congress on the NPL but I have decided to remain quiet in the best interest of Nigerian football,” he said.

He further called on the football community to ignore Idoko whom he accused of defending an illegality he had benefited from.

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