Nigeria Football Crisis: NFF congress dissolves Maigari-led board

NFF President, Aminu Maigari

The congress also dissolved the board of the NNL and the NWL.

The Extraordinary Congress of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF or NFA, on Saturday dissolved the Aminu Maigari-led board citing abuse of football house statutes.

Obinna Ogba, Chairman of the Communiqué Drafting Committee, who briefed journalists after their meeting in Abuja, said the board was also dissolved for denying state football associations of their annual grant.

This, the congress described as short-change of grassroots football development.

The congress also endorsed the immediate termination of the employment of all management staff and the dissolution of the boards of the Nigeria National League, NNL, headed by Emeka Inyama.

Board of the Nigeria Women League, NWL, led by Dilichukwu Onyedimma and Board of the Nigeria Nationwide League, NNWL, chaired by Ahmed Kawu, were also dissolved.

“The Maigari-led NFA board abused the statutes with the constitution of NFA Electoral Committee by altering the list of persons approved by the congress at the 2013 General Assembly in Warri, Delta.

“It went ahead to inaugurate a different committee and also constituted a new NFA Electoral Committee and Appeals Committee,’’ Ogba said.

He also said that the board was dissolved for its failure to resolve the issues of finance with the Super Eagles during the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup.

“Congress bemoaned the unfortunate incident of the international embarrassment caused the country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

“This was because the Aminu Maigari-led NFA failed to fully and firmly resolve issues of finance with the Super Eagles ahead of the championship,’’ Ogba added.

The extraordinary congress, therefore, appointed, Lawrence Katken, as NFA Acting Secretary General, pending the appointment of a substantive secretary general.

The congress appointed a new Electoral and Electoral Appeals Committee to organise elections into various positions on the board.

Members of the Electoral Committee are Jeriak Rowland, Usman Usman, Emeka Asogwa, Magareth Aku, Hassan Adamu, Ademola Abass, Chris Essien and Lawrence Katken, who would serve as the secretary.

The Electoral Appeals Committee has Effiong Oboho, Waribere Sonari, Issac Akinloye, Thomas Awok and Simon Gyang, as members, while Queen Otarakpo, would serve as its secretary.

It is not clear if FIFA would accept the result of the congress as the world football governing body had given the Nigerian government up till July 8 to re-instate the Maigari-led board.

(NAN)


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