The Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF) factional presidents have agreed to shield swords and conduct a fresh election after submitting a new drafted constitution to FIBA.
The Secretary-General of the NBBF, Chimezie Asiegbu made the disclosure in Abuja stating that it was proper for the body to fully comply with the directive of the International Basketball Federation.
Two factional presidents had emerged following an election supervised by the Nigeria Olympic Committee that brought Musa Kida as NBBF president June 13, while Tijjani Umar emerged the winner of the purported NBBF presidential election in Kano the previous day.
FIBA had in a letter signed by its Secretary-General, Patrick Bauman, ordered the NBBF to conduct a fresh election and called for a new constitution that will strictly reflect FIBA’s rules and regulations after the June 12 NBBF election was adjudged to have violated article 9.3 of FIBA’s statutes.
FIBA had met with both factional leaders in a bid to resolve the leadership tussle in January.
Asiegbu said; “There must be a constitution before the elections. The letter written to us by FIBA says there has to be a constitution first. We will first of all get our constitution ready before the election.
“It is only proper to take care of that first. A fresh election will come up after we submit a draft of the constitution to FIBA and it is ratified.”
Both Kida and Umar are said to have since welcomed FIBA’s decision and promised to comply with its directives.