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Electoral Committee insists NBBF polls will hold October 30 in Benin

By Alex Monye
27 October 2021   |   8:11 pm
Despite the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development’s order halting the Nigeria Basketball elections earlier billed to hold in Benin on Saturday, the NBBF Electoral Committee, yesterday, insisted that the polls will still go on as scheduled.

Musa Kida. PHOTO: FUZE

Despite the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development’s order halting the Nigeria Basketball elections earlier billed to hold in Benin on Saturday, the NBBF Electoral Committee, yesterday, insisted that the polls will still go on as scheduled.

The Sports Ministry on Tuesday ruled that the elections would no longer hold to pave way for all the parties in the crisis that has dogged the federation to resolve the issues.

The ministry also dissolved the NBBF Caretaker Committee headed by immediate past president of the federation Musa Kida, who is also one of the presidential candidates in the polls. It said the committee was dissolved because of the forthcoming election into the board.

NBBF Electoral Committee, headed by Dr. Lanre Glover, yesterday, said it is unaware of the postponement, adding that the ministry’s pronouncement on September 30 recognised the supremacy of the 2019 NBBF Constitution, which forms “the basis of the next elections and the resolution of any conflict that may emanate from it,” as well as the power of the Congress.

The committee said it is not aware of any constitutional changes between then and now that could warrant or justify a volte-face on the holding of elections.

“The Electoral Committee was set up by a duly constituted Congress of the NBBF and is responsible to that Congress, whose authority is supreme,” a statement by the committee read, adding that it has decided to go ahead with the elections as planned.

The committee added that due to the confusion created by the announcement (by the ministry), it has extended the submission date for nominations to noon of tomorrow.

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