Baribote challenges legality of League name change
Victor Rumson Baribote has challenged the legality of the LMC's decision to change the name of Nigeria's Premier League.
Posted: 6 March 2013 Time: 10:07 am
Former chairman of the NPL Victor Rumson Baribote has challenged the legality of the LMC's decision to change the name of Nigeria's top flight.
The interim League Management Committee (LMC) which was set up by the NFF to oversee the running of League after Baribote was removed changed the name of Nigeria's topflight league last month from the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) to Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), and the former Bayelsa United boss has left aghast by the situation.
"Did the congress sanction the change of name from the Nigeria Premier League (NPL)?" Baribote queried.
"Only the congress consisting of the 20 Premier League clubs can approve such a change because the league is owned by the clubs and not appointed officers." he declared.
Baribote further questioned the legal status of the LMC positing that the body was set up in variance with both Fifa and CAF statutes within which the Nigeria Football Federation operate (NFF).
The Nembe City FC owner further scorned the LMC for seeking financial grant from the government to kick-start the league stating that his deposed board was close to resolving the financial crises that has plagued the League before they were unceremoniously removed.
Baribote is currently in court challenging his removal as chairman of the NPL.