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Why we sacked Patrick Pascal – aggrieved FA members

The Executive Committee members of Bauchi State Football Association have thrown more light on why they passed a vote of no confidence on the Chairman, Patrick Pascal, and appointed the 1st Vice Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Umar Madachi as acting chairman pending when election will be held.

According to a letter sent to the Secretary General of Nigeria Football Federation and signed by four out of the five Executive Committee members namely; Adamu Umar Madachi Vice Chairman, Usman Abbas Shehu, Kabiru Yusuf and Abdulazeez Yusuf, they accused him of flagrant abuse of office which violates Article 17(1), Article 3 (1-2), Article 20(5) and Article 3(1-3) of the statutes of Bauchi State Football Association noting that they’re not aware of any formation or election of Local Football council across the 20 Local Government Areas of the State which he purportedly organised without the consent or approval of the committee as enshrined in the statutes of the FA.

According to them Article 31(1-2) stated that a General Assembly of the FA shall be held every year with members of the Executive Committee informed in writing at least seven days before the meeting but in disregard of this statutes, the chairman unilaterally and in violation of the said article convened a congress and constituted an illegal electoral committee without the consent of the state Executive Committee members which made the congress and the electoral committee null and void.

They further explained that Article 20(5) states that the State FA shall be composed of 9 persons; three from each of the Senatorial zones made up as follows Chairman, Vice Chairman, and seven ordinary members who will all be elected by the Annual General Congress but in the case of Bauchi State, they have only five members and all efforts to fill the vacant positions proved abortive as the Chairman refused to call for bye-election which contravenes the Article.

On the Goal Project building which is supposed to be under the control of the FA, they accused the chairman of turning it into his personal Guest House where fees are paid by guests on a short or full-time basis without the consent of the Executive Committee members.

Meanwhile, Patrick Pascal has rubbished his purported sack by the aggrieved members, insisting that he has the backing of congress in running the affairs of the association.

” I want Nigerians and the football house not to take those who signed that letter serious because they are rabble rousers and all the decisions I take in the day to day running of the Bauchi FA has the backing of congress and they’re solidly behind me”, he stressed.

According to him, his major concern is how to make the association more vibrant and take the state’s football to a higher level and will not be distracted by a few disgruntled individuals who have nothing to offer the association.

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