LMC CEO and Director Hon. Nduka Irabor says new Nigerian football (NPFL) season is yet to kick off because of the ongoing investigations of Nigeria Football Federation Chieftains by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and the Special Presidential Investigation Panel ( SPIP ).
NFF President Amaju Pinnick , 1st vice president Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi and 2nd vice president Shehu Dikko, who also doubled as the League Management Company chairman, are being investigated by the government anti-corruption agencies for alleged misappropriation of funds.
It would be recalled that reports circulated the media few weeks back that the trio had the properties locked down by these agencies as part of the investigation into financial activities of the country’s football governing body.
Irabor has now disclosed that the development is the main reason the 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football Federation season which was originally scheduled to kick off on September 22nd 2019 is yet the start.
Irabor stressed further that the current situation is not good for the image of Nigerian football who are struggling to get sponsors for the new season.
“League gets money mainly from broadcast right. Now, we don’t have a robust sponsor, and we don’t have television for the league. We are still negotiating. What we have is ICPC (Independent Corrupt Practices Commission) and the SPIP (Special Presidential Investigation Panel) on the neck of many people.”
“Most of the things being investigated are internal rivalry, but some people have created the impression of a different thing.”
“The atmosphere is not okay for our league to start now. Some of the people involved in the running of our football are being invited for questioning by the ICPC and SPIP, and this has made the environment not good enough,” He said.
Enyimba won the 2018/2019 Nigeria professional football league title after finishing top of the Super six play off at Agege stadium in Lagos.