The warring parties of the Ekiti State Football Association (ESFA) have been urged to embrace peace and work together for the development of football in the state.
Stakeholders, under the auspices of the Ekiti State football stakeholders who gave the advice, said that development can only be achieved in an atmosphere of peace, equity and justice.
They are reacting to the judgment handed down on Thursday by a district court in Ado Ekiti, which sentenced the state’s FA president, Mr. Bayo Lanlege and five others to 14 days in prison for contempt of court.
The group’s chairman, Prince Gabriel Adetule, speaking with reporters at Ado Ekiti on Friday, said efforts had been made to resolve the issue, but were rejected by the warring parties.
Adetule said: “There is nothing we can do about it except obey the court order, but we remain committed to ensuring that there is peace in Ekiti State when it comes to football.
“We 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 ”.
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 they are promoted to the NPFL, things should be done as they should”.
Another prominent actor, Grand 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 some perspective, expressed the view that it would 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: “There 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.
“By 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.
“Let there be equity and justice, if it is allowed, there will be peace and there will be no combat. No justice, no peace”.
Meanwhile, state FA chairman Mr. Lanlege and five other court-sentenced people were released from custody on Friday.