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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