Friday, August 07, 2009

Lobbyists Besiege Shooting Stars’ Camp

The promotion earned by Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) is suddenly becoming an issue that could tear stakeholders of the club apart, as politicians and administrators have been lobbying for positions in the side.
Since the side’s promotion to the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) was confirmed last season, the General Manager of the club, Mutiu Adepoju, has come under intense pressure from lobbyists. understands that a group of politicians in Oyo State has been lobbying the state governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala, to set up a management board for the newly-promoted Premier League outfit before the start of the 2009/2010 season.
A source hinted that the politicians paid a visit to the Oyo State governor recently in the Government House in Agodi and proposed that it would be difficult for Adepoju alone to run the club considering the magnitude of the Premier League as a competition.
“I can tell you that we have been informed that some politicians in the state are moving to hijack the job that we have done. They have met with the governor and told him that he should put a board in place instead of a general manager, who acts as a sole administrator. These people are just out to destroy what some of us have built. These same people were those that made sure that Shooting Stars was relegated and now they are back. I don’t want to mention names and please don’t say I told you all these,” the Shooting Stars‘ official revealed.
Plans are already in gear by the politicians to reduce the power vetoed to Adepoju as the club’s general manager by bringing the board in place, which he would be part of anyway. also understands that the politicians are planning to bring in a new coach in place of Franklin Howard as well as recruit new and experienced players.
When called the club’s spokesman, Jubril Arowolo, on the development, he denied knowledge of such plans by the Oyo State government to put a board in place.
“This is definitely news to me. No one is aware of this at all. The general manager of the club remains Mr. Mutiu Adepoju and the governor has not said anything on the contrary,” Arowolo said.

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