Baribote returns to Bayelsa United


Less than three months after he was removed as chairman of National Division One League side, Bayelsa United, Victor Baribote Rumsen has been once again installed to his former position.

Before his removal as chairman there were reports that he embezzled club funds close to eight hundred million naira (about $5.3m) and there was also the case of him taking the Football Federation to court to protest the relegation of Bayelsa United leading to the FIFA suspension of Nigeria.

In the three months he had been out of the board of Bayelsa United, Baribote continued to fight for his place as the Nigeria Premier League, NPL chairman in place of Davidson Owumi who won the elections leading to the annulment of the elections on Wednesday by the NFF.

The news of his reinstatement by the Bayelsa State government came as a shock to close followers of Nigerian Football and maybe to Victor Baribote Rumsen himself.

“The news is a welcome one for me and a good way to start the new year,” an elated Rumsen told naijafootball247.com.

“It just shows that when you are fighting a just cause good things will come to you.

“All those people who said I stole money must be hiding their heads in shame now because I wonder why I will be recalled to my job rather than arrested if I stole that kind of money,” he said.

On the issue of his immediate target as chairman of the club, Victor Baribote told naijafootball247.com that he is yet to meet with the owners of the club (Bayelsa State government).

“I have not yet met with them, but I am sure when I do the target will not be too far from leading the club back to the Premier League which they know I can do if given the wherewithal to do so.

“For now, I will just wait until I meet the sponsors of the club and we will know which way to go from there.”
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