Two members of the Nigeria Premier League, NPL media committee and the awards panel, Akinbode Oguntuyi (pictured left) and Toyin Ibitoye, have announced their resignation from the two positions.
Oguntuyi and Ibitoye, who are Lagos based broadcast journalists, say they decided to withdraw from their appointments to safeguard their integrity, which they said will be greatly compromised by recent decisions taken by the NPL Congress and Board especially as it relates to the sponsorship fees for the 2009/2010 season, if they continue to work with the body.
“We have decided to resign our membership of these committees because the plans and the projections of the present NPL board and the NPL congress, as outlined by their recent decisions and actions, does not reflect the actions of a group determined to move the domestic league forward,” Oguntuyi told naijafootball247.com.
The Nigerian Premier League board and the representatives of the clubs in the Nigerian Premier League, which makes up the NPL Congress, have recently made several decisions that has left followers of the league baffled.
The decision to ignore a standing court order, and accept a paltry sum which is far less than half of what is owed the body, because of what is perceived to be external pressure, cannot be given any logical defence.
“As it stands at the moment we do not want to criticize and still work with a system that in our own opinion has betrayed the trust of all those who have made sacrifices for the league and have invested their resources and emotions to making it better, so, we feel it is better we call it quits.”
However, both maintained that they will still continue to make their contributions to make the Nigerian League better.
“This does not mean we will stop our coverage and reporting of the league, we will continue to do what we have been doing for years, working to ensure that the Nigerian League develops to be one of the best in the world.”