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Bayelsa Football crisis: Egbe urges NFF to reject result, accuses Singabelle of election fraud

Ebi Egbe

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Monimichelle sport facility construction ltd, and a top contender in the Bayelsa State FA chairmanship position, Mr. Ebi Ezekiel Egbe, has urged the leadership of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), to reject the outcome of the June 10, Bayelsa state football Association results, noting that the election was marred with irregularities.
Mr. Egbe, made the call through a four page protest letter to the President of the football federation on Thursday, in Yenagoa, adding that the election was manipulated, even as fake delegates were allowed to vote.

He also faulted the alleged partisan and fraudulent collaboration by the CAF official in the state, Dr. Peter Fabuku Singabele with other F.A officials to hold on to power at all cost, adding that if he was beaten at a free and fair contest with no form of manipulation he won’t have had problems with the process.
“I expected Singabele as an elder statesman to play a fatherly role and stand neutral in all of these, but he ended up ganging up with the FA officials to manipulate the electoral process. He (Singabele) was the architect of what happened today and he did what he did because he is scared that my emergence as FA chairman would diminish his influence in Bayelsa football,”
He further stated that the alleged Kangaroo arrangement election was hurriedly done in a shameless manner where delegates who ought to have voted were barred and journalist prevented from covering the process, adding that he is in the race to ensure Bayelsans benefit maximally as other states benefit from their F.As.

He further stressed that even when the delegates list was never made public before or at the election venue; different names were changed at will by the eleco, noting that the entire electoral proceeding was designed manipulatively to favour Barr. Ogun (the incumbent Chairman of BYSFA) and the candidates he supports.

“The entire process was like a daylight robbery, who can you conduct a delegate election without making the lists of eligible voters available, then names were change at will by the eleco. I therefore call for the total cancellation of the whole process and your intervention is urgently needed to forestall the enthronement of anti-democratic tactics in football governance in the Bayelsa state football Association”

 They don"t know anything about football, i have what it take to reform our football industry in the state, i have been in this industry for over thirty years and have made my mark. am not desperate about the position but my aim is to use the platform to market project Bayelsa to the world, i have been doing this for years now without the F.A. We haven't achieved more because the right people are not in place and it becomes a problem, you must bring the right people who have the capacity and can always go out to negotiate on behalf of the state in terms of development.


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