NPFL club owners call for Emergency Congress on April 21

Unhappy with Nduka Irabor's administration and the League Management Company, club proprietors have asked for a congress to determine the way forward for the domestic game

The proprietors of the 20 Nigeria Professional Football League clubs have called for an Emergency Congress fixed for Sunday, April 21st, 2013.

The Chairmen and Managers of the clubs in the elite division held an emergency meeting on Sunday April 7 at the Lamonde Hotel, Abuja and unanimously condemned the way the Nduka Irabor-led League Management Company (LMC) was formed and the way it has been run since it came on board. 

In the Communiqué issued in Abuja on Sunday, the club owners queried the operations of the LMC and the alleged arrogance of its chairman;

i-The illegal registration and formation of a private limited liability company called League Management Company Ltd (LMC) on behalf of the twenty (20) Premier League Clubs without the consent, resolution and approval of the congress of the twenty (20) club chairmen.

ii- The unguarded comments and the utterances of the IMC chairman, Hon Nduka Irabor on the persons of the club chairmen and managers without recourse to the basic principles of master/servant relationship.

iii- The way and manner the staff of the NPL are being treated with ignominy by the Hon. Nduka Irabor led League Management Company thereby affecting the morale and attitude of staff to work, which is also capable of affecting the smooth running of the league.

iv- The recent arbitrary auctioning of some assets of the NPL contained in the NPL Guest House in Zone 2, Abuja without the consent and approval of the congress.

v- We also observed that Messers Mike Idoko and Sabo Babayaro who are representatives of the clubs in the IMC are being sidelined in the skim of affairs thereby creating a communication gap with the clubs.

After hours of deliberations the Club Chairmen and Managers agreed and “Vehemently dissociate ourselves (themselves) and clubs from the so called registration and formation of a new company called League Management Company as the Company does not represent us and the league.”

They also called for the immediate payment of the outstanding five months salaries of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) Staff among other resolutions passed.

The Club owners also demanded that an emergency congress be called on/before two weeks from yesterday which means that there would be an Emergency Congress in Abuja on Sunday April 21st, 2013.

ii. That any person or persons doing business with the LMC on behalf of the club chairmen and managers is doing so at his or her own peril.

iii. We are to take legal steps to notify CAC of the development accordingly.

iv. Dissociate ourselves and clubs from all the contract agreements entered into by IMC or LMC for and on behalf of the clubs without the consent and approval of the congress.

v. We however, associate ourselves and clubs with all existing contractual obligations entered into with the authority of the congress before the composition and inauguration of the IMC.

vi. We further associate ourselves with the inaugural address of the NFF president, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, particulary the terms of reference and his directives that the IMC should inter-alia organize the 2012/2013 league and put machinery in motion for election. The IMC is therefore advised to abide strictly to the terms of reference of the Committee. Any deviation is unacceptable.

vii. The chairman of the IMC Hon. Nduka Irabor is urged to treat the club chairmen and managers as well as staff of the NPL with respect to ensuring a cordial working relationship between parties to forestall any likely friction arising there from.

viii. We also demand that an emergency congress be called on/before two weeks from this day (Sunday).

ix. The clubs also demand for an immediate payment of the 5-month salary arrears owed the staff of the league secretariat.

x. We however commend and appreciate all our sponsors, mostly especially telecommunication giant Globacom for their support, contribution and interest to sponsor the league, just as we thank the Hon. Minister/Chairman NSC and the NFF for their usual understanding,” the release also stated.

Barrister Isaac Danladi from Nasarawa United signed the communiqué issued at the end of the parley with the press at the Lamond Hotel today (Sunday). He was also assisted by Alloy Chuwuemeka from Abubakar Bukola Saraki FC representative, Dunbor Awanem of Dolphins FC and Farouk Yarma of Gombe United FC.