The Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Nigerian Supporters Club at the weekend ratified the election of Rev. Samuel Ikpea, as the chairman of the body. The BOT also dissociated itself from “anybody or persons claiming to be officials of the body except those elected during their national polls in Lagos on December 20, 2016.
Addressing journalists at the Supporters Club national headquarters in Lagos, the BOT led by Dr. Rauf Oladipo, said the ratification of the leadership of the club was necessary to assure “our partners that we are one big family with a defined leadership structure ready to promote and help develop Nigerian sport.”
Other members of the BOT also present at the event are Elder Isaac Ukpebor, Mrs. Dora Dadugobo-Coker, Alhaji Ayuba Idris, Mr. Lateef Jinadu, Mr. John Akpoguma, Chief Sunday Adepoju and Alhaji Ahmed Sharif.
Oladipo disclosed that the polls held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium was attended by 250 delegates from across the country and 200 other people from the states and national body. “Former Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, two former general secretaries of the NFF, Taiwo Ogunjobi and Bolaji Ojo-Oba, as well as former FIFA/CAF executive committee member, Dr. Amos Adamu, were also present during the elections.”
Oladipo disclosed that all the accredited delegates participated in the polls conducted by 11 out of the 12 electoral committee members ratified by the NFF.
He revealed that the polls that brought in Rev. Ikpea was the first time the Supporters Club would be electing their officials in four years “owing to a court order which barred us from holding elections until a case instituted by some people was discharged.
“We decided to begin the process of elevating our officers in August when that order was lifted.”