NPL Congress sacks Baribote as Acting Executive Secretary takes charge

Victor Baribote was relieved of his duties as chairman of the Nigeria Premier League board during Tuesday’s assembly in Abuja

The 7th Annual Ordinary Congress of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) held at Prixair Hotel, Wuse Zone 6, Abuja on Tuesday rose from its meeting and invoked Article 22(n) and unanimously resolved that the Board, which is an organ of the Nigeria Premier League as constituted, be dissolved immediately, and mandated the Acting Executive Secretary to take over the affairs of the League pending further directives from the Nigeria Football Federation.

The Congress resolved to set aside Articles 15, 24, 25 and 26 of the Nigeria Premier League statutes procedures for convening a Congress to legitimize the deliberations of the 7th Congress.

Nineteen clubs out of 20 attended the Congress while three Executive Board members of the NFF namely Shehu Adamu, Emeka Inyama and Suleiman Yahaya  Kwande attended the Congress as Congress Observers to give seal of right (go ahead) to the meeting since their reports would be communicated to the Executive Board of the NFF.

A prominent member of the NPL Congress, Chief Okey Kpalukwu told shortly after the Congress that all decisions taken before the Congress meeting in Abuja on Tuesday were immaterial and the ones taken by the Congress supersedes any other ones. He argued that they had to take the decisions in the interest of the game in the country.

According to the communiqué released at the end of the NPL Congress, “the congress deliberated on the state of the league, especially the just concluded 2011/2012 season and agreed that it was the worst organized since the inception of the Nigeria Premier League in 2005.”  

The Congress also resolved as follows:

a. That the decision of the Board to expel Ocean Boys FC from the League lacked due process and therefore be reversed.

b. That the purported suspension of Chief Okey Kpalukwu and Malam Farouk Yarma by the Board Chairman from the NPL activities was in bad faith, not in line with the NPL statutes and consequently declared null and void.

c. The suspension of Hon Akin Akinbobola from NPL activities by the Congress of the NPL in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State on the 16th of December, 2011 was lifted.

d. That the 2012/2013 League season shall commence on the  16th of February, 2013 subject to confirmation by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

e. That the draws and pre-season activities for the 2012/2013 season shall hold in Kano at a date to be announced.

f. Congress formally admitted the four newly promoted clubs, relegated four clubs and expressed optimism for a hitch free 2012/2013 season.

Three newly promoted clubs El- Kanemi Warriors, Nasarawa United and Bayelsa United FC also attended the Congress as observers.