As expected, Celso Barros will support the opposition in Fluminense’s presidential election for the 2023-2025 triennium. With the election approaching, to be held next month (still on a date to be set), and with four candidates in dispute, the club’s general vice president, who has been removed from office since the end of 2019, positioned himself on social media and declared support for lawyer Ademar Arrais, 51, from the political group “Ideal Tricolor”.
Celso Barros at a press conference in Fluminense in 2019 — Photo: Lucas Merçon / Fluminense
Arrias was the campaign coordinator of the former president of Unimed and also the vice general of Celso Barros’s ticket in the club’s elections in 2016, won by Pedro Abad. In the election in 2022, the lawyer will compete with the current president, Mário Bittencourt, who will seek reelection, in addition to the also lawyers Marcelo Souto, from the “Esperança Tricolor” group, and Rafael Rolim, who has no political group.
Read the text published by Celso Barros:
“Elections for the presidency of the Fluminense.
I would like to express my support for the candidacy of Ademar Arrais.
He formed with me the ticket in which I was a candidate for the presidency in 2016, in the election in which the president-elect was Pedro Abad.
He has already been part of some deliberative councils of the club and his position has always been guided by the defense of the Fluminenseindependent of the presidents of those periods.
It has already released its proposals for the club and I am identified with its program for the Flu, in the next three years.
Ademar Arrais launched his pre-candidate for the election of Fluminense in 2022 — Photo: Disclosure
This position of mine is consistent with the understanding that I have, that there must be unity of opposition to the current president, who has already put himself as a candidate for reelection.
I understand that this election should be made between those who support the current administration and those who, in a democratic way, express their disapproval.
The argument that we are all tricolors is true. But what is at stake is the difference in vision we have, for what we consider to be the best for the club.
I hope that there will be a dialogue between the candidates for the position of president and, in the end, we will be able to reach a SINGLE OPPOSITION CANDIDATURE.
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