Sponsor of Mark D Ball Championship, Mr. Igoche Mark, has stated he stays the genuine President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), following the Sports activities Ministry’s dissolution of the Interim Administration Committee (IMC), a physique inaugurated by the Minister, Sunday Dare.
In a press release in Abuja on Friday, Mark stated, “Let me point out right here that for any election to be legitimate, it have to be seen to be free, truthful and credible. All three important elements had been missing within the purported NBBF election, held in Benin Metropolis, Edo State. Infact, the train there was a rouse!
“It’s on file that one Engr. Musa Kida who’s at the moment parading himself because the NBBF President instituted a case towards me, and three others together with the duly elected Gamers’ Rep, Mr. Stanley Gumut and the Kaduna State Basketball Chairman, Pastor Skambo Morrison, on the Edo State Excessive Court docket in a Go well with No B/52/2022.
“That go well with sought to restrain us from taking part within the January 31, 2022 election, held in Benin Metropolis.
“However, the method that gave start to my election and people of my Board was hinged on the Sports activities Ministry’s directive in a letter with reference quantity NBBF/CESG.83/2022/Vol.1/127 to conduct the election on the venue so directed by the Ministry.
“There was no different letter from the Sports activities Ministry countering the aforementioned.
“Whereas the query of who now superintends over the affairs of Basketball in Nigeria nonetheless stays unclear, going by the announcement from the Sports activities Ministry, let me use this medium to unequivocally assert, and clear the air that I’ve not, and won’t give up the mandate given to me on January 31, 2022 by the important thing and important stakeholders of the sport. A mandate that stands for the expansion and improvement of basketball in Nigeria. It’s on that mandate I stand.”