Factional president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Tijani Umar says the federal ministry of sports under Solomon Dalung has no power to conduct election for the federation, noting that the election that led to his emergence was done in strict compliance with the rules of the international body governing the sport.
Tijani who emerged in a factional election in Kano a day before the sports federations’ election was conducted in Abuja stated this on a Radio Nigeria programme on Wednesday June 28, 2017.
Tijani said he was already looking forward to ensuring the rapid growth of basketball in Nigeria after what he described as a a credible and transparent election.
“We are not going to be an isolated nation, and we must never aspire to make ourselves a laughing stock in the committee of nations.”
“What we did in the basketball federation was to learn lessons from the 2013 election where election was conducted by the ministry (of sports) and there were issues in some areas. FIBA, our world governing body petitioned almost everybody that was there to be petitioned, and one of the foremost rules in the FIBA statutes is that federations must evolve ways to govern themselves, and running your affairs includes during the elections.
“No other body is expected to conduct your elections for you. Therefore, we have a document from where we derive our powers. Therefore we don’t expect any external organ to conduct election for us.”
A sports administrator, Geoffrey Ogwu who also featured on the programme however called for amicable resolution of grievances resulting from the election.
“Let me just say that every problem must have a solution. It requires a lot of understanding from both parties, knowing quite well that the interest of basketball is at stake.”
Ogwu also stressed the need for the sports federations to look for ways of making money to finance their activities instead of total dependence on the government.