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NFF Election: Defy Court Order face wrath of Law, PFAN Split fire



…Wants government intervention

Joel Ajayi

The Players Football Association of Nigeria PFAN on Friday, split fire said that the September 30th forthcoming NFF election in Edo state should not be held until every stakeholder is carried along.

The group also warned the Nigeria football Federation not to breach breach of football peace by defying the Court Order. 

Speaking at the press briefing in Abuja, the Spokesperson of the Association Victor Baribote revealed that the Association is ready to bear all sorts of names to bring the desired growth and development of Nigeria football.

He said holding elections in Edo is disturbing public peace.

According to him, Nigeria is too big to be taken hostage, NFF election is nothing but a useless exercise except the proper restructuring and repositioning.

“The Professional Footballers Association of Nigeria Taskforce Attention has  been drawn to publications in the media space on the Threat by NFF and its Electoral Committee to defy the September 15, 2022 Federal High Court Abuja order putting the NFF Election on hold and proceed with the  September 30 2022 Election. 

In the light of the above threat the PFAN Task Force States as follows: The PFAN Task Force has taken appropriate steps and has duly informed all relevant Agencies of Government of threat to cause a  breach of the peace by defying the Court Order. 

“That PFAN Task force is exploring all possibilities within the ambit of the Law to ensure those who are already defying the Court Order would face the consequences of their actions. 

“Our position is that all stakeholders must sit at the round table and sort the problems once but those occupying the position currently are not ready to agree to the gentleman’s agreement we made.

“Part of their prayer is that all the previous board members give way.”

Speaking also, the Board of Trustee of the PFAN Harrison Jalla revealed that failure of the NFF to amend the statute and the inability to carry all the stakeholders along is causing serious impediment to Nigerian football.

He said that the group has all the security agencies to stop the purported election slated for the 30th of September in the interest of peace, justice and the rule of law.

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Igoche Mark Congratulates President Tinubu, Showers Econiums on Ugboaja for Bagging National Honour.



The Initiator of Mark D Ball Basketball Champion, Mr. Igoche Mark has congratulated the new president of Africa’s largest democracy, Nigeria’s leader, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR; as the Sports Administrator also paid glowing tributes to a former Nigerian Basketball Player, Ejike Ugboaja on his conferment of national honour, Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) by former president Mohammadu Buhari.

Mark in a congratulatory message he personally signed on Wednesday, praised President Tinubu’s blueprint, which he described as a “game changer” for sports transformation in the country.

The message reads, “Dear Mr.President, I have gone through your manifesto titled “Renewed Hope 2023,” your plan for sports development was weaved around training, athletes funding, sports as business and tool for national unity.This to me is highly commendable, because if properly implemented, it will be a Game Changer.The sports ecosystem has the capacity to improve the country’s GDP if things are done properly; this is when the right people are in charge of running sports, unlike the present suitation.

However, it is worthy of note to state that the issue of corruption, greed and selfishness by sports administrators have crippled the sector.
While we pledge our support to be a partner in progress, we pray for wisdom to achieve all set goals.” Mark’s message reads.

The basketball philanthropist was full of praise for his former player at Mark Mentors, Ejike Ugboaja MFR for receiving a national according to Mark, “You have become a standard for every aspiring domestic basketball player who desires to play at the biggest stage.From playing in our domestic league to Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA; and your exploits at the national level were never unnoticed, hence this honour.Congratulations as we expect others to come.”Mark stated.

The former power forward was drafted to the NBA in 2006, and became a board member of the Nigeria Basketball Federation NBBF, between 2017-2021.

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