The Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA) has demanded a fresh election without interference into the board of the troubled Nigeria Basketball Federation.
Arising from its February 10 meeting held at FIBA secretariat in Switzerland, the body noted that, “In the absence of an amicable solution between the parties, the Executive Committee has decided that new elections shall be held.”
In a letter signed by FIBA Secretary General, Patrick Bauman and addressed to NBBF secretary, Chimezie Asiegbu, Engineer Musa Kida (NBBF president), Tijani Umar (former NBBF president) and the Nigeria Olympic Committee, FIBA said the decision became necessary as the June 12 and 13 elections held in Kano and Abuja respectively failed to meet its statutes.
FIBA maintained its earlier stance of not recognizing both elections and pointed out that it will work with relevant stakeholders to amend and develop NBBF statutes that fully comply with all relevant and applicable regulations, primarily the FIBA General Statutes, and guarantee complete independence of the election with no influence from third parties.
“FIBA will determine when the NBBF statutes are compliant per the above and reserves the right to oversee parts or the entirety of the elections process”, the letter continued.
Meanwhile, Engineer Kida has maintained that the NBBF will cooperate with FIBA to come up with acceptable statutes for basketball administration in Nigeria in line with FIBA’s provision.
The Musa Kida led board put out a statement on the official position of FIBA. “We as a responsible organization with a passion for basketball development in Nigeria will work closely with FIBA during this critical phase, forging a way forward for basketball in Nigeria.”
He maintained that the continued impasse has affected the expected growth of basketball especially the various national leagues and capacity building programs for coaches and technical officials as he called on all stakeholders to exercise more patience.
The Tijani Umar Led board is also in agreement with the new directives stating that they looking forward to the election without interference.
“However, as a body that respects the reconciliation effort of Fiba and having consistently identified a new election as the only way for a fair and equitable settlement of the dispute, we accept the directive of FIBA for a fresh election based on the NBBF Statutes and overseen by Fiba without interference from any third party;
Despite the call for a fresh election, the apex basketball body said, “Communication still to be maintained with Engineer Musa Kida, Babatunde Ogunade, and Chimezie Asiegbu until such time as the new elections are held as per our letter of 26 July 2017.