Club Owners in the Nigeria Premier League has berated former Chairman, Victor Baribote over his comment that the Sports Minister, Honourable Bolaji Abdullahi influenced his removal as the league head lat year's December.
The Club Owners have subsequently asked him to prove his allegation.
Baribote had alleged that the Sports Minister forced the Clubs to dissolve the board of which he was the Chairman.
Spokesperson of the Club Owners, Mike Idoko, in a statement, said allegation that the minister masterminded his removal smacks of ignorance, stressing that Baribote was only looking for who to blame for his inability to perpetuate himself in office.
According to Idoko, the NPL under the leadership of Baribote eroded all gains made over the years by his predecessors.
"Baribote missed the point by saying the minister masterminded his removal. As managers of clubs we know what is good and best for us and we realised late that with the Baribote-led board, the Nigerian league is heading to the rocks. And for him to allege that the minister masterminded his removal is to say the least insulting to the honourable minister.
"The NPL under Baribote was never elected in the first place as no election took place when the court removed Owumi. The Club Owners gave him the mandate believing he will bring relief to the comatose league. Title sponsorship became a problem and the clubs were made to bear the brunt of the lack of sponsorship," Idoko said.
The Club Owners, according to Idoko, would never be stooge to anybody, stating that they would not hesitate to withdraw from the present Interim Management Committee when they start showing trait of underdevelopment.
"The Club Owners has never done the bidding of anybody and will never do. We were fed up with the management style of the last board. We did what was right in line with the statutes of the NPL and the power given to clubs by FIFA. If the present board starts following in the footsteps of Baribote, we will have no choice than to pull out," Idoko, who is a member of the Interim Committee, said.
He declined comment on the purported court case instituted against him and others by Baribote, saying he would talk after the case had been settled in court.