*Declines participation in any election conducted with it.
Nigeria Basketball stakeholders under the aegis of Nigeria Basketball
Vanguard have said they will not participate in any election for the Nigeria
Basketball Federation, (NBBF) until a constitution is ratified by the Congress of
The body made this known on Tuesday while reacting to the circular released by the Ministry of Youth &
Sports Development announcing that Sports Federation elections into six (6)
federations including the NBBF, which “already have their Constitution ratified
by their International Sports bodies and the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) will
conduct their election based on their Constitution”.
The stakeholders who met in Abuja argued
that they are not aware of any constitution ratified by the Congress and
approved by both the NOC and the Sport’s World Governing body, FIBA.
President of one of the Technical arms of the sport, Skambo Morrison, said “as
far as we know, there is no Constitution approved by FIBA or the NOC for the
NBBF. The Constitution the Ministry is talking about was neither ratified by
FIBA nor approved by the Congress as the FIBA Status stipulates”.
He stressed that until all the stakeholders are involved in the process and the
Congress of the NBBF approves it, they will not participate in any election
being planned for the NBBF.
Also speaking at the meeting, Vice Chairman of the Niger State Basketball
Association, Gimba Garba, stressed that a so-called Constitution which aims
to exclude some individuals cannot be a fair document on which an election
can be conducted.
“We cannot be part of any process which does not allow a
level playing field. Until a true Constitution is ratified and approved by the
Congress of basketball, the election should be suspended”, he argued.
Also, present at the meeting were Scott Nnaji, President of Basketball
Coaches Association, Tunde Popoola, President of the Basketball Referees’
Council, Lawal Garba, former National Team player and Director of Sports,
Bauchi State, a representative of Gombe Bulls Basketball Club, Alhaji Ibrahim
Gimba, Ayinla Johnson, former National Team Coach and player and Stanley
Gumut, Player’s Representative.
Others present include Tijjani Umar,
Ambassador Mustapha Sulaiman, Livinus Miapkwap, Chairman, Plateau
State Basketball Association, Francis Gbiri, Chairman, Ondo State Basketball
Association, Margaret Porbeni, Gbade Olatona, Ajibarede Bello, a
Technical Commissioner, Ahmed Sani, Coach, Kano Pillars Basketball Club
and Kunle Raji, Sports Marketing Executive.
Credit: Patrick Omonrodion