Current NBBF president Engr. Musa Kida has been announced the winner of the NBBF presidential elections held today in Benin City, Edo state.
This happens to be in a stark contrast to the Presidential elections that took place today in Abuja few hours to Edo’s which saw Mark Igoche declared winner.
The election which took place in Edo was said to have had in presence officials from the Federation of International Basketball Association [FIBA] and National Olympic Comitee [NOC] in attendance.
The news about Kida’s victory was broken via NBBF’s social media handles.
“Congratulations to Engr Musa Kida for emerging NBBF president after polling 37 votes. The swear-in ceremony was also performed at the venue”
Kida as seen above unanimously polled 37 votes to be declared an outright winner of an election which will see him remain on seat.
In his acceptance speech, Kida thanked the delegates for the confidence reposed in him which is a challenge to do more after a successful first term in office
“I thank you for the confidence reposed in me by your vote and my acceptance to continue to serve, I am in no doubt that the task ahead will be simple. However, no task is insurmountable if we put our minds to it and forge ahead together”
He seized the opportunity to call on all stakeholders to join hands with the new NBBF board to move the game to greater heights.
“I assure you of our unflinching dedication as we hope to carry everyone along”
“Regarding this electoral process, there is no Victor and no Vanquished. I am glad that this election was concluded without rancor and in the true spirit of sportsmanship. The only victor is Nigerian basketball”
He called on all aggrieved stakeholders to sheath their sword as the board is opened to meeting everybody with genuine questions and contributions to enable the sport move in the right direction.
While the election has beaten the FIBA deadline of January 31, the emergence of two elected Presidents will no doubt spark discussions and talking points as more will definitely unfold as the days go by.