NFF: Intrigues of a Federation Election

It seems the warring parties have sheath their swords, or have they?

The elections into the executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation has dragged on for too long

The Innuendos

Stories that made the rounds were that a mock elections were held in Brazil during the World Cup.

In these mock elections, board members shared out positions and distributed the forms accordingly but they didn’t know what was in store for them on their arrival from the World Cup.

That, as they say, is now history.


Election brouhaha

On return from Brazil, the president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Aminu Maigari was taken away by security operatives and questioned.

A few days later, the Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos issued an interim injunction restraining the Board members from carrying out their functions and
directed the Sports Minister to appoint a senior member to run the affairs pending the determination of a motion brought before the court.

The minister promptly appointed Lawrence Katken as Acting Secretary General.

After that, an emergency General Congress was called and the action of the minister a few days back was ratified leading to a FIFA suspension of Nigeria from all footballing activities.

With time running out for the suspension to metamorphose to a ban, the court order was vacated and calm seemed to have returned to Nigerian football.

The president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Aminu Maigari called an Executive committee meeting where he was impeached by 8 votes to five.

He was accused of financial maladministration, misappropriation, and misapplication of Federation funds.

Maigari seemingly accepted his impeachment but claimed he was not guilty of the charges since the people who impeached him had no proof.

Members of his team, however, like Barrister Christopher Green would not let it pass and continued to protest the legality of the move by the board members.

Twenty six members of the congress met in the office of Shehu Dikko, a member of the League Management Company and the one allegedly anointed by Aminu Maigari to succeed him.

After that meeting, the 26 Congress members declared that Maigari was still president of the Nigeria Football Federation, an action that was called a joke by the Mike Umeh led faction of the Federation.

Then Chris Green went to press on Silverbird TV declaring the actions as wrong.

In another Executive Committee meeting, Chris Green was suspended from the EXCO and banned from all football activities for six months, the same penalty was meted out to Alhaji Fresh.

Chris Green was accused of being part of an illegal gathering and disparaging the Federation by his comments in that interview.

One day later, Barrister Eddy Mark, chairman of the NFF’s appeals committee unilaterally declared that Green had been unbanned.

He called no meeting of his committee and did not follow laid down procedures.

Meanwhile, Eddy Mark, a lawyer forgot that the NFF statutes clearly states that the Appeals committee can only sit on matter decided by the disciplinary committee.

Eddy Mark apparently forget this part of the statutes

Article 66 Appeal Committee

1 The Appeal Committee shall consist of a Chairman, Deputy
Chairman and the number of members deemed necessary. The
Chairman and the deputy chairman shall have legal qualifications.
2 The function of this body shall be governed by the Disciplinary
Code of NFF. The committee shall pass decisions only when at least
three members are present. In certain cases, the President may
rule alone in accordance with the Disciplinary Code of NFF.
3 The Appeal Committee is responsible for hearing appeals against
decisions from the Disciplinary Committee that are not declared
final.


This matter was decided by the Executive committee, so Green remained banned.

By August 14, FIFA had written a letter advising that Aminu Maigari be allowed to run down his tenure and that the elections hold as scheduled on August 26.

Incidentally, Aminu Maigari had resigned two days earlier as a soft landing for his return to the Executive Committee.

A meeting had been called by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim to return Maigari to office and that was the condition given by the Mike Umeh faction of the board.

Truth be told, Aminu Maigari has some friends and family in the ruling party, PDP and he is due for a national award sometime in October.

He needs to remove the stain of being impeached for financial impropriety to qualify for the award and he needed his return to office.

However, two days after he resigned, a FIFA letter came advising that he returns and presides over the congress hence his denial that he never resigned, knowing he had just sold himself.

However, his resignation letter has finally been made public meaning Maigari cannot preside over the congress scheduled for Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
Aminu Maigari's letter of resignation

Epistles from FIFA

Late last week, the Aminu Maigari faction of the NFF brandished another FIFA letter saying the elections should be postponed and it makes one wonder, how serious the organization called FIFA is.

Within a space of one week they have written two letters saying different things leading to a section of the Nigerian media to sound out insinuations that these FIFA letters are rackets that have been paid for.

But shortly after the purported letter from FIFA postponing the elections, Amoni Biambo, chairman of the electoral committee addressed the press saying the elections will not be postponed.

Late on Friday night, there was a meeting at Nigeria’s seat of Power, ASO rock between the warring factions and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim and reports out of that meeting said the elections would hold on August 26 in Kaduna but the Aminu Maigari faction continued to insist the elections would be moved and just a congress would hold in Warri.

Amoni Biambo sent out a press release again on Sunday morning, August 24 stating that the elections would hold in Abuja on Tuesday, August 26 and welcomed the Delegates to town, but another meeting held with Pius Anyim late on Sunday night and there was an agreement to move the elections by one week.

Fallouts from the meeting stated that there will be a General Congress on Tuesday August 26 with only one item on the agenda which will be to postpone the elections by one week while a road map (whatever that means) is drawn.


The chess game

However, the Aminu Maigari camp went on social media informing that the elections will be postponed by two weeks and there would be fresh sales of forms for aspiring candidates; they also insinuate that the electoral committee led by Amoni Biambo may be dissolved, something that has been denied by the Mike Umeh camp.

According to the Umeh camp, there was no issue of fresh sales of forms discussed at the meeting with the SGF, rather there is supposed to be only one item on the agenda of the meeting, which is to postpone the elections.

This leads us to the chess game.

Why would the Aminu Maigari camp agree just to postpone the elections by one week and nothing else? What is there to gain by it?

Aminu Maigari cannot be NFF president but he will fight the battle of his life to see to it that his former vice, Mike Umeh does not take the throne and that is why he is behind Shehu Dikko to be president.

Maigari sees Umeh’s aspirations leading to his impeachment as a stab in the back and would take that as his “last fight” as we say in local parlance here in Nigeria.
 
Maigari's chosen one: Shehu Dikko
Shehu Dikko did not take a form in Brazil during the World Cup because at that time Aminu Maigari was in the race but with Maigari out of the race, the only way Dikko can get in is to have the Electoral Committee dissolved and fresh sales of forms open.

Is that what will happen at the General Congress?

But if there is an agreement that the only item on the agenda would be postponing the elections, how do they sneak in dismissal of the electoral committee or fresh sale of forms? Would that come under AOB (Any other business?)

Remember when MAigari was impeached by his exco, they argued that it was not in the agenda… Will the same thing happen at the congress?


Plan B

Maigari had allegedly given his form to Segun Odegbami. The former Green Eagles winger, reliable sources told naijafootball247.com did not buy a form.

On submitting the form, he was asked to produce the receipt of purchase and he didn’t because would have had Maigari’s name.

So what if, Maigari cannot get the congress to open sales of fresh forms? He is prepared to back Taiwo Ogunjobi for presidency… Anyone but his arch rival, Mike Umeh.

It looks, on the outside like there is peace with both parties agreeing to one thing- postponing the elections but it is more like the peace of the graveyard.

Expect more intrigues from the General Congress.

That’s the unending Nigerian football drama.


ROLL –CALL FOR NFF GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Abia State
Chairman: E. C. Chukwuemeka
Secretary: Ikeme Kalu Daniel
Adamawa State
Chairman: Musa A. Duhu
Secretary: Umaru Hamidu
Akwa Ibom State
Chairman: Effiong Johnson (Menyene Nkwo)
Sceretary: Mathew Peter Udoh
Anambra State
Chairman: Mike Umeh (Jude Obikwelu)
Secretary: Emeka Ralph
Bauchi State
Chairman: Yahuza Adamu Ningi
Secretary: Hussaini Ibrahim Garba
Bayelsa State
Chairman: Lucky Gospel Ewa
Secretary: Ebiegberi Hans-Egbe
Benue State
Chairman: Margaret Icheen
Secretary: Nongu –Philip Terwase
Borno State
Chairman: Kalli Babagana
Secretary: Baba Sani
Cross River State
Chairman: Essien Ayi (Oswald Atuake)
Secretary: Greg Abang
Delta State
Chairman: Amaju Pinnick
Secretary: Friday Onothoja
Ebonyi State
Chairman: Obinna Ogba
Secretary: Ome D. Chukwuemeka
Edo State
Chairman: Abel Ehigie
Secretary: Victor Edokpayi
Ekiti State
Chairman: Isaac Ayodele
Secretary: Mercy Adegbuji
Enugu State
Chairman: Chidi Ofor Okenwa
Secretary: Ugwu Francis Sunday
FCT
Chairman: Musa Talle
Secretary: Ibrahim Abdullahi
Gombe State
Chairman: Auwalu Umar Sani
Secretary: Ahmed Binanu Sada
Imo State
Chairman: Amanze Uchegbulam
Secretary: Ndudi Godfrey
Jigawa State
Chairman: Sabo Abdullahi Dutse
Secretary: Abdullahi A. Ringim
Kaduna State
Chairman: Magaji Abdulkadir
Secretary: Ahuwan Elisha
Kano State
Chairman: Sharif Rabiu Inuwa
Secretary: Usman Yahaya
Katsina State
Chairman: Bello Saidu
Secretary: Sani Tinua
Kebbi State
Chairman: Abubakar C. Ladan
Secretary: Atiku Magaji
Kogi State
Chairman: Adams Yahaya
Secretary: Austin Ogunmola
Kwara State
Chairman: Busari Ishola
Secretary: Oke Mohammed Jimoh
Lagos State
Chairman: Seyi Akinwunmi
Secretary:  Damilola Morakinyo
Nasarawa State
Chairman: Mohammed Alkali
Secretary: Yakubu Galadima
Niger State
Chairman: Yusuf Ahmed ‘Fresh’(Yabagi Alhaji Baba)
Secretary: Jagaba Saidu Egwa
Ogun State
Chairman: Ganiyu Majekodunmi
Secretary: Leo Oyenekan
Ondo State
Chairman: Dele Ajayi
Secretary: Fagite Babatunde
Osun State
Chairman: Taiwo Ogunjobi
Secretary: Afolabi K. Segun
Oyo State
Chairman: Olaleye Adepoju (James Odeniran)
Secretary: Kehinde Ojelowo
Plateau State
Chairman: Sunday Longbap
Secretary: Yakubu Dalyop
Rivers State
Chairman: Chris Green (H. I. Omineokume-Kile)
Secretary: Ibigoni Benjamin-Akobo
Sokoto State
Chairman: Mohammed Nasir Saidu
Secretary: Garba Hassan
Taraba State
Chairman: Hussein Modibo
Secretary: Yosie Daniel Ayuba
Yobe State
Chairman: Mohammed Garba
Secretary: Ahmed Asabe
Zamfara State
Chairman: Ibrahim Musa Gusau
Secretary: Hashim Yusuf Maru
Elite League
Chairman: Nduka Irabor
Secretary: Salisu Abubakar
National League
Chairman: Emeka Inyama (Nuhu Tanko)
Secretary: Lawrence Katken
Women’s League
Chairman: Dilichukwu Onyedinma (Adeoye Adebowale)
Secretary: Isaac Ajisafe
Nationwide League
Chairman: Ahmed Muazu Kawu (Joseph Akwa)
Secretary: Shola Ogunnowo
Coaches Association
Chairman: Bitrus Bewarang
Secretary: Solomon Ogbeide
Referees Association
Chairman: Ahmed Maude
Secretary: Moroof Oyekunle Oluwa
Players’ Union
Chairman: Dahiru Sadi
Secretary: Austin Popo


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