on the information collected in recent months, including the various documentation collated by the factfinding delegation of FIBA which visited Nigeria in late January.
In our letter of 26 July 2017, we informed you that FIBA was not entirely satisfied that n either of the elections held in the name of the Nigerian Basketball Federation (“NBBF”) were carried out in accordance with the FIBA General Statutes.
In this respect, and among other provisions of Article 9 of the FIBA General Statutes, we would like todraw your attention to Articles 9.3 and 9.7 which provide as follows:
“9.3 The statutes and regulations of national member federations must comply fully with the General Statutes and Internal Regulations of FIBA. The General Statutes and Internal Regulations of FIBA shall form part of the national member federations’ statutes and regulations.
In the event of doubt or conflict, the General Statutes and Internal Regulations of FIBA shall prevail.
9.7 National member federations shall manage their affairs independently and with no
influence from third parties. In particular they must ensure that their officials are either elected or appointed under a democratic process for a term of office of four (4) years.
Their statutes must provide a transparent procedure that guarantees the complete independence of the election or appointment.”
After considering the matter, the Executive Committee has not bee
n comfortably satisfied that FIBA’s position should be altered, since
- a) the 12 June 2017 elections did not comply with Article 9.3 above and the 13 June 2017 elections did not comply with Article 9.7 above;b) the general procedure of nominating representative
s to the NBBF assembly allows for multiple and/or different nominations, which resulted in different persons representing the same region in the respective electoral assemblies of 12 and 13 June 2017.
Therefore, in the absence of an amicable solution between the parties, the Executive Committee has decided that new elections shall be held.
Such elections must be held in accordance with a procedure established in the NBBF Statutes. As such, FIBA will work with the relevant stakeholders to amend and develop the NBBF Statutes so that such Statutes fully comply with all relevant and applicable regulations, primarily the FIBA General Statutes, and guarantee complete independence of the election with no influence from third parties.
FIBA will determine when the NBBF Statutes are compliant per the above and reserves the right to oversee parts or the entirety of the elections process.
Finally, until such time as the new elections are held, FIBA will continue to communicate with the NBBF as per our letter of 26 July 2017.
We thank you for taking note of the above and for your cooperation in this matter.