Football players in Ekiti State urged warring parties in the State Football Association to embrace peace for the development of the game in the state.
The group under the auspices of the Ekiti State Football Stakeholders also called on the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to form an interim committee to manage FA affairs in the state.
The group, which said development can only be achieved in an atmosphere of peace, equity and justice, was reacting to Thursday’s judgment by a district court in Ado Ekiti, which sentenced the president of the FA of State, Mr. Bayo Lanlege and five others to 14 days in jail. for contempt of court.
Speaking to reporters in Ado Ekiti, Prince Gabriel Adetule’s president said efforts to resolve the issue were rejected by the parties concerned.
Adetule said, âThere is nothing we can do about it other than obey the court order, but we remain determined that there is peace in Ekiti State with regard to the soccer.
âWe should learn from this, that things have to be done right. The Nigerian Football Federation should appease the whims and whims of the people to do the right thing â.
As to whether this will negatively affect the development of football in the state, the member of the state football referees board said it would instead stabilize the functioning and management of football in the state.
According to him, “I am the match commissioner and we want things to stabilize, when Ekiti United FC, when promoted to the NPFL, should be done as it should.”
Another prominent actor, Senior Chief Jide Oyedele, said the organization has done its best not to allow such things to happen by meeting people who matter in the state.
Oyedele, who noted that the development will certainly bring setbacks, expressed the opinion that it will help sort out a lot in the system.
The retired director of the state sports ministry called on the NNF to form an interim committee to run the association’s affairs.
He said: âThere must not be a vacuum, which is why the NFF must form an interim committee within the next 90 days to oversee the association until an election which must follow due process. local FA councils at state levels be organized.
âBy the time the Guardian Committee with true representation of all Ekiti is formed, they have to follow due process, otherwise the same problem will continue to pop up in the system.
âLet there be equity and justice, if it is allowed, there will be peace and there will be no combat. No justice, no peace”.
Meanwhile, the state FA chairman Mr. Lanlege and five other court-sentenced people were released from detention on Friday.