No go­ing back on Ogun­jobi, Bar­ri­bote ban — NFF

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Mike Oboh

The Nigeria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (NFF) has thrown more light on why the ban im­posed on the for­mer Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of the fed­er­a­tion, Chief Taiwo Ogun­jobi and erst­while chair­man of the Nigeria Pro­fes­sional League, Chief Vic­tor Bari­bote, stand, de­spite the ap­peal made by the duo.

A mem­ber of the NFF Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, Chief Emeka Inyama in an in­ter­view with Daily Trust, re­in­stated that the ban slammed on the duo has come to stay un­less the out­come of their ap­peal de­cide other­wise.

He said the de­ci­sion to ban Chief Ogun­jobi and Bari­bote 15 and 10 years re­spec­tively was part of the agenda of the An­nual Gen­eral Congress of the fed­er­a­tion held in Warri last year but it was re­solved that since they have ap­pealed against the de­ci­sion, the is­sue can not be de­bated by the congress.

Inyama ex­plained that the mis­con­cep­tion that both should be al­lowed to par­tic­i­pate in foot­ball mat­ters in the coun­try does not hold wa­ter be­cause un­til the ap­peal is heard, the de­ci­sion of the fed­er­a­tion on their ban stands.

“There is a mis­con­cep­tion with the way it is be­ing said. The ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee has signed their sus­pen­sion as rec­om­mended by the var­i­ous com­mit­tees.

“It was pre­sented at AGM meet­ing in Warri, the Gen­eral Sec­re­tary in­cluded it in the agenda of the meet­ing as one of the is­sues to be dis­cussed or de­bated and it was in house record be­cause the people af­fected have gone on ap­peal. We could not dis­cuss their cases since they have gone for ap­peal. So the congress now re­ferred their cases to the rel­e­vant body in charge, so un­til the ap­peal de­ci­sion is taken, the po­si­tion of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee stand bind­ing on them. You have gone to ap­peal does not mean that you are free,” Inyama who is also the board’s Me­dia Com­mit­tee chair­man ex­plained.

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