Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF), Engr Musa Kida, has insisted that the 2019 NBBF Constitution, midwifed by his board, will be followed to the letter as elections into the federation board draws closer
He elections will be conducted in line with the Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC).
This was in response to a statement by a group- Nigeria Basketball Vanguard (NBV), threatening to boycott the elections, if the purported constitution (document) which the genuine stakeholders of the game in the country had no input would guide the conduct of the election.
Kida described the ploy as a cheap scheme to distract the people with unnecessary controversies while plunging basketball into another fresh round of crisis.
“This funny entity is not known to anybody nor is it recognised by the NBBF constitution as ratified by the 2019 Congress held in Abuja.
“The constitution as ratified by FIBA and domiciled with NOC or FMYSD accorded recognition to Chairmen of the State Associations, Representatives of Coaches, Referees, Players Associations, NAPHER/SD, NAWIS and All Members from the geographical zones (Zonal Reps) alongside the President and Vice President,” Kida said.
He maintained that the sanctity of its constitution where all its legitimacies are derived must be protected at all cost as the election into board draws near.
“These individuals coming together should tell us who they represent. Is Ajibarede Bello representing coaches or Gbade Olatona representing the players’ association. All these individuals should tell Nigerians which body they are representing as enshrined in the constitution.”
“So, Nigeria Basketball Vanguard should tell Nigerians where they derive their legitimacy to challenge the electoral process. I think these people with ulterior motives are scared of their own shadows.”