Saturday, May 08, 2010

Owumi Is New NPL Chairman

After several weeks of court cases stalling election into the Nigeria Premier League (NPL), can report that former Enugu Rangers’ player and CEO, Davidson Owumi, has emerged as its new chairman.
Owumi won the chairmanship election on Saturday in Abuja with a landslide victory against Bayelsa United chairman, Victor Baribote Rumson.
NPL Electoral Committee chairman, Tony Rafua, told that Owumi polled a total of 13 votes from 17 while Rumson got just three.
The third candidate for the top position, Special Assistant on Sports to Ondo State governor, Akin Akinbobola, had stepped down earlier.
Rafua also said the election was the most transparent and devoid of any form of violence.
“It was a very transparent election and everyone testified to that,” he said.
Three clubs, Bayelsa United, Dolphin Football Club and Sharks Football Club did not vote in the chairmanship election and no reason has been given for their opting to stay out of the voting process.
But an appeal has already been lodged with the electoral committee, according to Rafua.
Appellant is Hon. AbdulAziz Mohammed of Ranch Bees, who is contesting the re-election of Owumi as Chairman of Chairmen.
“In every election, there are always aggrieved people. So we have one appeal at present. The complainant is AbdulAziz Mohammed,” Rafua said.
Others elected into the seven-man Premier League board are Shehu Gusau as vice chairman, Rumson, Joe Amene, Abdullahi DanBaba, Akinbobola, and Abdulrasaq Owolabi Wopa.

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