In the awake of the protest involving the squad of Lobi stars FC to the Benue state government house over unpaid salaries, Dominic Iorfa, vice chairman of the team said that his enemies want him out because he didn’t support the new government during electioneering.
Iorfa noted that he couldn’t afford to support Governor Samuel Ortom as that would have amounted to anti-party activities considering that the ruling party then was the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said: “Because Suswam is in the PDP, I cannot as chairman of the club be seen to be indulging in anti party activities given the government in power. Money only comes to us from government because it is a government club. So, when the new government came, people thought that they will take advantage of it. Those who want to blackmail me are just being mischievous but I am too big for that. I don’t have their time. I will always give my best and we’ve been in the FA Cup final four times and preparing for the final against Akwa United.”
The vice president explained that he had run the club credible well and wondered why people were antagonizing instead of supporting him.
Furthermore Iorfa who played four times for the Nigeria national football team, stated: “Those who complain that I have led the club for 14 years without a league trophy should ask themselves how many teams in the league have won the league title in Nigeria. Only four have done so namely Kano Pillars, Dolphins, Enyimba and Bayelsa United. I don’t understand why people instead of supporting the team to grow are bent on running me down.
“The English Premier League that many know about, how many of the teams in the league have won the League trophy. I can beat my chest proudly to say I have led Lobi Stars creditably. We’ve played in the continent, have won the FA Cup, have finished as runners up and have never gone on relegation. Clubs like Shooting Stars, Plateau United to mention a few have suffered that fate but Lobi has been in the league every season.”
Lobi Stars won Nigerian Premier League and Nigerian Super Cup, Nigerian FA Cup in 1999 and 2003.
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