Nigerian basketball enters full scale crisis

*As *Tijani Umar leads rebellious election in Kano in basketball

*Another election holds in Abuja today

By Oluwole Francis

Nigeria’s basketball family enters into full blown crisis. A faction of the federation holds its election in Kano on Monday while another will be holding its in Abuja today. As it is, we have two factions of the federation.

The Kano election has returned the former President which is not recognised by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development while the Abuja election will get the official government recognition.

According to a statement signed by Patrick Omorodion and made available to www.gongnews.net, he said, “the election which took place in Kano yesterday, saw the return of Alhaji Tijani Umar as President and North East representative. Others include Olumide Oyedeji emerged the new Vice President and FIBA world representative, Alhaji Kuktar Kaleh, FIBA Afrique representative, Dr Joseph Adeyemo from Kwara, North Central representative, Musapha Suleiman from Kano representing North West, Segun Famuyiwa, South West Representative and Ejike Paul Medus as South East Representative.

Others elected into the new board include Stanley Gamut as Athletes representative, Mrs Margaret Porbeni, NAWIS, (Women in Sports). There was no election for the South South representative and a bye election would be conducted on a later date, according to chairman of the electoral panel, Barrister Kennedy Osunwa.

By the time the election in Abuja takes place, the nation will have two different bodies to govern the game of basketball. It would be recalled that the basketball election in the last term ended in a court case which was only recently settled some weeks ago.

More troubles seems to be in the offing. In days, the nation will witness a whole lot of bloody contest as to which of the two factions will seize the affairs of the sport.

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